When a large project is on the line, you want the best team in place to complete the initiative quickly and efficiently. Especially when involving IT initiatives, like customizing and implementing new software systems, it is important to involve the best talent available, whose experience will propel your initiative forward. In some cases, the prime opportunity is to outsource your project management, building strong, profitable relationships in the process.
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Contrary to what some might have thought, cloud technology isn’t going anywhere. By the end of 2015, cloud spending will surpass $180 billion with over 60 percent of companies using cloud technology for IT-related operations. What was once considered a fad, has gained more permanent standing and continues to gain momentum. Of all new spending on cloud technology, 59 percent is originating in North American companies, with acceleration through 2016. According to a recent survey, over the next five years, there will likely be a 44 percent annual growth in public cloud use. Why?
One of our projects has a simple N:N relationship between an entity and itself, as an easy way for a user to associate possible duplicate records with one another. In the browser and in Outlook, this functionality works well; the user can either add an existing record via a subgrid on the form or through the associated view. In the tablet app, however, a very vague error is thrown the moment the user selects the record to add:
A happy workplace is often a strong, productive workplace filled with top talent. What does this have to do with business intelligence? User-oriented, easy to use business intelligence tools aid in encouraging a happy workplace for those compiling data for the business. According to Gartner, process-centric interfaces for data collecting limit choices, mobility and content, stressing and disrupting employees. Consumer-centric environments, alternatively, focus on the applications and software that users prefer to use. They are easy to use, filled with strong content in a mobile manner.
Cloud technologies are becoming a necessity for many small businesses, as its strengths are keeping small businesses in competition with the larger enterprises. Cloud has increased mobility and data availability for companies of all sizes. According to Forbes, cloud is likely to become an $80 billion industry by 2018 with the expectations of doubling for small business participation in the next six years. As more companies are jumping on the cloud bandwagon, it is becoming increasingly clear the benefits of the solution, with predictions of a 30 percent annual growth for the industry.
With the theme of smart meets fast, Tableau has released version 9.0. Tableau has added many new features to ensure the system is smarter and know exactly what you are doing, like a new start experience, which includes data prep tools, and additional analytics features and smart maps. The goal with the new capabilities is to allow users to be creative and engaged in the analytical process. Tableau 9.0 will keep users involved in analysis without the need to focus on new calculations and data wrangling.
As technology expands, software brands are coming up with more ways to deploy their product to customers with one of the biggest trends being cloud computing. One system in particular is SharePoint. SharePoint has four different approaches for deployment: on-premises, online (cloud), Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and hybrid-cloud. As your company is choosing which approach is best, consider each option before selecting the best choice for your company.
According to data found by Gartner, spending on cloud and hybrid technology will increase in 2015, likely to about $3.8 trillion, increasing cloud’s place in the IT budget for the following year. Already, between 2013 and 2014, revenue from cloud technology has more than doubled. Organizations are being critical with their spending and how they are utilizing their budgets. Companies, now, are focusing on delivering a top-notch customer experience. They are seeking how to increase profitability, as opposed to focusing on cost efficiencies.
How do you know if your project manager is going to crumble under pressure or if they will manage to deliver on time and budget? Each project manager has their own way of handling problems when they arise and project managers are known for preventing problems from cropping up by using a variety of risk management techniques. In our practice, we use these seven principles to evaluate how the project management team addresses the big challenges and delivers value to the client.
Choosing the wrong project management style for your business can leave you and your team weighed down, especially when the workload is heavy and piling up. Often, this is how the waterfall project management style is seen, which makes decision-making and innovation critical to forward product development.