Large IT Programs

Application Support: Embracing Taboo

Utter the words, “Application Support” and you will be met with a variety of reactions. To some, it merely translates into extended work hours. Another popular reaction is that of condescension, where the word “support” implies “assistance”, hence an Application Support Engineer would qualify as an Assistant to the more proficient “Developer”. You may also 

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Emerging Trends in IT Project Management – Creating an Order from the Chaos

Today any organization across industries is a tech organization. Technology has come to the center-stage of organizations for establishing its competitive advantage, cost optimization or creating new revenue stream. ‘Innovation’ using technology is needed for mere survival while thriving without it is impossible. Thus executing Information Technology (IT) projects is very critical. At the same 

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The SDN band wagon is picking up speed

Software-Defined Networking (SDN) is a dynamic, manageable, cost-effective, and adaptable architecture, ideal for today’s high-bandwidth applications. It decouples the network control from forwarding functions making it directly programmable and rendering the underlying infrastructure to be abstracted for applications and network services. The SDN architecture is: Directly programmable: Decoupled from forwarding functions, the network control becomes 

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A quick recipe for effective status reporting in large complex programs: Part II – Close the communication loop

In my earlier blog on effective status reporting, I shared the importance of making status reporting an integral part of program planning and having a structured approach to keeping clients updated of the program status. In this blog let us go a step further to understand how effectively we can close the communication loop once 

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A quick recipe for effective status reporting in large complex programs: Part 1 – Communicate to collaborate

A few days ago, I met up with an old friend of mine, quite unexpectedly at a social gathering. After exchanging the usual pleasantries and talking about random topics, neither of us could resist the temptation of talking about work. Although I was better off at holding back from letting my frustration out, my friend 

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Cloud infrastructure is softer with software

In this digital age, disruption has become a continuum. Consumers’ needs and expectations have been rapidly evolving. It is imperative for companies to be agile with the way they operate to meet changing demands and shifting trends to sustain and succeed in a dynamic and competitive market. Robust infrastructure with powerful processors, next-gen capabilities and flexibility 

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A symphony of product owner, DevOps team and scrum master brings real business agility

“You can’t simply ask what customers really want and then try to give that to them, by the time you get it built, they will want something new.” This interesting quote from Steve Jobs has only become more meaningful and relevant in today’s context. Technology advancements, business dynamics and their associated disruption have challenged IT 

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Virtualization tiering – Opportunity for IT to reduce TCO

Increasing demand on the business, and consequently on the technology infrastructure, is compelling IT teams to diversify their virtualization product requirements. Unlike earlier, where there was a focus on engaging with a single vendor and investing in a product, business exigencies are driving IT to invest in multiple products across different vendors. The reasons are 

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CIOs look to reduce technical debt to scale up productivity

How to create value for businesses at a time when labour arbitrage in the outsourcing industry has plummeted? That is the challenge CIOs are facing today. And to overcome this challenge, they have started looking at reducing technical debt. Technical debt (also known as design or code debt) refers to the eventual consequences of poor 

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Offshore connect – New mantra for complex IT delivery

For more than three decades, IT outsourcing vendors have been helping their clients across the globe. Through this journey, both clients and their vendor partners have evolved, as has the evolution of delivery and  the engagement model. Both big and niche IT players have had to adapt according to their business strategy and market forces. 

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Three reasons why basic requirement mapping document is a must for successful agile delivery

What level of documentation is necessary for the “Agile” delivery model? This remains a persistent question. Agile practices restrict the amount of time spent on preparing reports and documentation manually for all kinds of transactional activities like reviews, test execution reports, audit reports etc., which need to be pulled from the systems and tools as 

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How the new era of managed services will enable intelligent business operations

The evolution of managed services in the last few years has transformed IT infrastructure operations and the service delivery landscape. This transformation is largely due to the leveraging of tailored service contracts actively supported by analysts and advisory groups. The key attributes of a managed services contract cover the role of a service provider, which 

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Impact of spreadsheets and manual processes on enterprise risk

Financial services firms are stuck in a tangled web of data and legacy systems. This model will not sustain today’s business environment, which is largely defined by new regulations and the changes firms need to make to comply. The industry is also challenged with low trading volumes, shortened settlement cycles, and traders looking to new 

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Initiation phase of a large IT program – Key things to keep in mind

Many global companies are using business transformation initiatives to meet changing market needs. Implementing large IT programs is a key component of these change initiatives. Given that the failures of such programs are now commonly discussed; a recent McKinsey/Oxford study highlights that the failure rate of such programs is indeed more often. According to the 

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Are we ready for Agile? Demystifying Agile (Part-2)

In the 1st part of this blog, we emphasized the importance of adopting Agile implementation to move towards seeing its advantages vis a vis the traditional methods. In this blog, we will delve into the measures required to achieving holistic Agile adoption throughout the organization. Agile mindset As competition becomes more intense, there is a 

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