Process Guidelines

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Process Goals

  • Avoid classic pitfalls: insufficient planning, inadequate design and review, overly optimistic schedules, insufficient risk management.
  • Ensure an understanding of business strategy, requirements, and goals.
  • Stage concerns and structure projects as manageable pieces.
  • Establish roles and responsibilities.
  • Deliver value and flexibility at each stage of a project. We adapt this process to your needs!
  • Make optimal use of personnel.
  • Reduce risk through the use of a well-defined staged delivery methodology.

1. Assessment

Our business analyst and architect analyze your needs, narrow scope, assess feasibility and required expertise, help develop a business and technical strategy, and establish a compelling value proposition.

  • Assess Business Requirements, Goals, and Strategy
  • Audit Data Sources and Infrastructure; Uncover and Exploit Hidden Information Assets
  • Assess Competitive Positioning
  • Assess Technical Requirements and Strategy
  • Assess Scope, Risk, Cost, and Technology Options
  • Present  Our Recommendations and Value Proposition

2. Architectural Roadmap / Project Proposal

Our architect and project lead assess scope, risk, cost, and technology alternatives in detail;   identify key components, pertinent technologies, methodologies, and standards; and draw up a project and architectural roadmap. We can also write an RFP to solicit competitive bids and evaluate competing products. 

  • Use Case Analysis
  • Capacity Planning
  • Product Evaluations and Benchmarks
  • Architectural Roadmap
  • Project Proposal, Software and Hardware Recommendations
  • Recommendations for achieving Mission-Critical, High-Volume Operation
  • RFP(s) for competitive bidding

3. Detailed Specifications

We provide a detailed project plan and initiate a detailed design and specification phase. This step includes the definition of the system's desired operational characteristics and service level. Depending on time to market, budget constraints, and project complexity, some clients may elect to skip this step and simply prototype their system.

  • Project Plan
  • Scoping Documents
  • Business Process Documentation
  • Data Model
  • Transaction Model
  • Functional Specifications
  • Design Specifications
  • Service Level Agreement

4. Prototype / Implementation

A highly qualified architect, project lead, senior software engineers, and quality assurance personnel implement your project. We implement the specifications defined earlier or prototype the system using rapid application development tools. We stress test the system to assure it meets an operational characteristics.

  • Functioning Prototype(s)
  • Fully Functional Production-Ready System
  • Stress Testing

5. Deployment / Support

You may choose to have us deploy and support the system.

  • System Rollout
  • Training
  • Software and Hardware Installation and Configuration
  • System and Network Management
  • Problem Resolution

6. Checkpoint / Handoff / Future Directions

Report status and handoff portions. We have you rate us at the end of the project to assure your satisfaction. We discuss future directions and opportunities.


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