test Blah Blah White Papers "Your Major Project Conundrum" "An IT Effectiveness Assessment is the health-check your IT organization needs" "Into the Cloud for Faster, Cheaper Computing! Fact or Fiction?" "Preparing for the Future: a Critical Imperative for Hospitals" "Managing Information Technology Costs: Effective Disciplines and Processes" "Can Business Survive a Major Technology Disruption?…The Overlooked Achilles Heel" "The Effective CIO: Success Criteria in the 21st Century" "Enterprise Systems: Vision, Reality and Management Approach" "How to Achieve a Well-Managed Desktop-Server-Local Area Network" "Outsourcing: The Decision Process" "Today’s Business Continuity Planning" "Today’s Program Management Office" "Your Major Project Conundrum" Information Technology spending reductions have been the hallmark of prudent business operations through the recent recession. Staffing cutbacks, aggressive expense reviews, competitive outsourcing, delayed maintenance, elongated replacement cycles and IT capital investment holds have all been part of the business playbook. Not scrutinizing expenses and investments has led to business failure, so all firms have employed these and other methods to reduce costs. Check here to download "An IT Effectiveness Assessment is the health-check your IT organization needs" Today’s IT department is challenged with competing tasks of introducing innovation versus maintaining the legacy systems; and the legacy systems get priority when there are problems. Why? Because the legacy systems are usually running human resources, finance and other essential applications. Executives expect IT to help their business, but is it? Is IT benefiting their bottom line? Is technology helping produce products or services better, faster or cheaper? Will IT help firms achieve growth or business goals? Check here to download "Into the Cloud for Faster, Cheaper Computing! Fact or Fiction?" Today many companies use both public and private clouds for mission-critical applications and vendors are scrambling to provide new offerings and capabilities. Top management is extremely interested in the promise of lower capital cost and faster response; and many IT practitioners are moving from skepticism to belief that, within 12- 24 months, the cloud will have some, if not a major role in their technology portfolio. Check here to download "Preparing for the Future: a Critical Imperative for Hospitals" A recent case study detailing a Transition Partners’ IT assessment and transformation performed for a large hospital system. The engagement enabled the hospital to successfully resolve issues and deficiencies and position themselves for efficiency, growth, and implementation of Electronic Health Records (EHR). Check here to download "Managing Information Technology Costs: Effective Disciplines and Processes" Effective cost management of information and communications technology is especially important during times of reduced economic activity, when top-line revenues are depressed, margin pressures increase, and all spending must be scrutinized and contained. And effective IT cost management is equally essential to long-term competitiveness. Business leaders can drive cost-effective IT management by requiring that essential IT management disciplines are in place, and these disciplines facilitate use of proven IT management processes that support development and implementation of cost-effective IT investment decisions and action plans. This paper briefly addresses requisite IT management disciplines and processes with a focus on proven actions to improve the cost-effectiveness of the IT organization. Together, these disciplines and processes can increase IT efficiencies, leverage economies, realize cost avoidances and reduce costs many, if desired, within six months. Check here to download "Can Business Survive a Major Technology Disruption?…The Overlooked Achilles Heel" Historically, businesses have delegated or relegated Information Technology infrastructure disruption response planning to the IT management team without an overall corporate view of the "damage" a disruption could cause. As IT becomes more integrated into business processes and critical to the bottom line, Business Unit managers directed by executive management must assume responsibility for understanding the damage from possible disruptions, and develop appropriate response or risk acceptance plans. A Business Impact Analysis is a critical tool for developing an understanding of possible damage and defining required response / repair constraints for the business as an entity. Check here to download "The Effective CIO: Success Criteria in the 21st Century" Change is the only constant in the development of Information Technology. Suggesting the success criteria for the Chief Information Officer in the 21st Century involves understanding: How Information Technology has changed the past 40 to 50 years. Evolution from the "Head of Data Processing" to CIO during this period. Various forces at work. Key strategies now required. Successful traits for the CIO. And a brief peek into the future. Check here to download "Enterprise Systems: Vision, Reality and Management Approach" This paper addresses Enterprise Systems in terms of their potential benefits and problems in realizing that potential and recommends a management approach to Enterprise System initiatives that treats vision, planning, implementation and maintenance as a continuum. The focus is on vision and planning, where most ES initiative problems begin. Check here to download "How to Achieve a Well-Managed Desktop-Server-Local Area Network" A well-managed Desktop-Server-Local Area Network (DSL) environment has certain aspects or characteristics that seem to exist in all such installations. Although tools and procedures may differ, these successful characteristics remain the same. This paper summarizes what these aspects are, how they are important to the environment, and how they can be used as a scorecard by which the DSL environment as well as the supporting organization can be measured. Finally, steps are given that will get you from here to there. Check here to download "Outsourcing: The Decision Process" For many companies, an outsourcing decision represents the longest and largest financial commitment the company will make. The selection of an outsourcing partner will directly impact the company’s growth and future performance. In short, the outsourcing decision is critical to the company’s future success. Many articles have been written on why to outsource, but few have addressed how to outsource. After 10 years of working with organizations reaching outsourcing decisions, we have learned that unique characteristics of the decision process result from the "personality" of the organization. The following factors will impact the success of your outsourcing decision. Check here to download "Today’s Business Continuity Planning" We all know we should have Disaster Recovery Plans and many of us think we do, but how many companies have complete plans that include consideration of operations, suppliers and customers? Business Continuity Planning is a major step forward from Disaster Recovery, and focused on real potentials and realistic recovery strategies. Check here to download "Today’s Program Management Office" Everyone in the IT profession recognizes the critical need for Quality Initiative and Project Management. We also recognize that really great Project Managers are a rare breed, more "born" than made. For many of us the question of "How best to impact IT performance?" boils down to "How do we best focus our best people on our most important initiatives?" and "How do we best support those resources once we have them there?" The Program Management Office is the IT tool of choice when it comes to accomplishing these very important goals. Check here to download Home :: About Us :: Our Practices :: Client Successes :: News :: White Papers :: Sitemap Copyright © 1994-2010. Transition Partners Co. All Rights Reserved.