Cloud-based CMS: Is It Ripe or Just Hype?

Enterprise applications delivered from the cloud have become a hot talking point in the tech industry recently. Fueled by an increasing focus on cost cutting, ease of use, scalability and faster time to market, cloud applications are being discussed in detail at various seminars and industry conferences. Taking a cue from these market indicators, most 

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5 Mistakes Payers Should Avoid While Implementing ICD-10

The deadline for ICD-10 implementation is fast approaching and healthcare Payers and Providers have less than two years to meet the requirements. Some healthcare organizations have yet to initiate their plans for the migration, some have progressed at a slow pace and very few have made substantial commitment to completion. Payers on track with the 

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10 Tips to Effectively Plan Performance Testing for a New Website

It’s rare for any major application or website to go live without going through performance testing. It’s an extremely important activity that requires effective planning and execution.  Based on our experience in implementing web applications including websites for global clients, we believe a well-planned approach to testing new web applications goes a long way in 

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BPM Program Implementation – An Important Checklist for Success

Since the emergence of Business Process Management (BPM), organisations adopting it  have had a wide variety of experiences – some successful and others less so. Some would argue that because BPM is so amorphous that any project is considered to be analogous to ‘boiling the ocean’ and therefore the outcomes may vary from exceptionally successful 

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Managing Enterprise Product Line Content – From Operational Excellence to Marketing Nirvana

In my earlier post, I outlined the key reasons behind many organizations’ poor quality of product line content. The reasons, varying from unstructured content to proliferation of different media channels to operational issues, are resulting in marketing message dilution and inconsistencies.  It is important for organizations to get their content act together and come up with 

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Virtusa acquires ALaS: Delivering greater value to Banking and Financial Services clients

Last week, Virtusa announced the acquisition of ALaS Consulting.  ALaS provides comprehensive management consulting services to the banking, financial services and capital markets communities.  This acquisition continues Virtusa’s strategic pursuit of providing high quality consulting and implementation services that are second to none. The IT services community has many players.  Yet, few organizations are able 

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Enterprise Product Line Content – Key Reasons for Poor Quality in Content Management

The advent of new age media, coupled with the presence of traditional channels, has resulted in enterprises depending on multi-channel marketing initiatives for reaching out to their customers across different demographic segments. Today, a wide range of physical products (i.e. automobile, clothing, electronic goods) and service-based products (i.e. telecom and internet services) are being advertised 

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Enterprise Mobility – Key Things to Consider When Pursuing Mobility Implementation

Last week I had the pleasure of hosting a webinar with Jeffrey Hammond, Principal Analyst at Forrester Research and Rohit Sharma, Global Head of Mobility at Virtusa.  The topic was “Overcoming Challenges in Early Stage Enterprise Mobility Programs”.  This post is a short synopsis of the webinar.  For those who were not able to attend 

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Accelerated Innovation – Going beyond Conventional Wisdom

Depending on who you read, we are in the fourth or fifth wave of computer technology development.  In 2005, Om Malik and Michael Copeland published The Fifth Wave in Business 2.0 Magazine.  They defined their waves as the eras of mainframe, mid-range, PC, Internet and networked computing. Written six years ago, their premonition preceded smartphones 

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Launching Enterprise Mobility Services – A Primer for Product Managers

Over the past year, few technology developments have challenged IT staffs more than the mobility wave.  Two years ago it was the social phenomenon.  Now it’s mobile computing.  Virtusa’s BFS business unit has seen a surge in the number of inquiries regarding mobile.  And now, the questions are not about “if”, they are about “how”.  

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The Fifth Element (Part II) – Short Term Benefits

This post is in continuation of the earlier post on HTML5. Before looking into the day-to-day benefits HTML5 will offer, let’s do a quick sanity check: HTML5 is monolithic, but browsers are not. It is misleading to divide browsers into “Supports Vs Not”.  Instead, individual HTML5 feature support should be evaluated in terms of browsers. 

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The Fifth Element (Part I) – Long Term Benefits

HTML5 is W3C’s shiny new offering promising interoperability, speed and maintainability – almost everything, it would appear, but vacations in the tropics! It is going to live in ‘Webville’ for a while so let’s really get to know it. Sure, we can break the ice talking about the weather worldwide, but then, let’s really dig 

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Success of a Content Management Tool – The User Connection

Deploying a content management tool at an enterprise level requires a buy-in from users (bottom up). In a bottom up flow, it is important that top level commitment is present for the tool and that the tool is successfully installed and implemented.  This will benefit the organization and yield the desired results which were envisioned. 

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Optimizing Your Business with Pervasive Business Intelligence

Recently, I was accompanied by Boris Evelson of Forrester Research and Ajoy Kumar, leader of Virtusa’s data warehousing and business intelligence practice for a webinar on Pervasive Business Intelligence.  In the webinar, with attendees from industry and blogging community, Boris and Ajoy discussed the issues associated with pervasive business intelligence as well as best practices 

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Driving Value for Clients in the age of Enterprise 2.0

The last few years of the millennium have seen old business models giving way to new ones. Customer needs are transitioning from those of pure consumption-oriented to those of convenience-oriented with the coming of age of the digital native. Organizations big and small are being affected by the onslaught of myriad of factors including enlightened 

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Haven’t started yet? 10 things Payers and Payees need to consider for ICD-10 implementation before the deadline

Haven’t started planning for ICD-10 implementation yet?  Think that you have a lot of time before the implementation compliance date of October 2013?  Feeling that you don’t have the budget now but may have it in 2012 and 2013 and can start your planning then? These are some common sentiments of practically everyone in the 

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Top 5 Reasons for Enterprise Content Management (ECM) Implementation Failure – Recommendations to avoid failures

An Enterprise Content Management (ECM) system offers a platform to provide transformational value and change in any organization. However, all ECM implementations must start with the right note and the right sponsorship combined with an achievable plan to make them successful. Otherwise, failure is inevitable. In this post, based on our experience in providing ECM 

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