The company today needs to make sure that its IT operations are reliable. IT has become pervasive across all levels of business. From classical business applications, passing through mobile technology, to the amount of information found on the internet that allows one to initiate and maintain various social or economic initiatives, we all depend on computer operations, networks and their software applications. Thus, an effective IT system with the right technology, properly implemented and appropriately managed and monitored, is one of the most valuable business assets an organization can secure. This requires sound business advice to ensure that technology risks are managed.
BAIT Consulting Advisory Offerings
Our professionals introduce best practices to clients to help them align IT operations with strategic and business objectives while managing associated costs. We advice them on business transformation through IT, while assisting them with regulatory and compliance requirements, addressing financial and operational risks as well.
We offer services in the following areas:
IT product/solution selection is an important process of any modern information technology acquisition endeavour that aims at improving a client's business processes and business performance.
During this important solution analysis phase, vendors are evaluated based on a well-known set of criteria:
Vendor Software functionality fit to the current and future needs of the client.
Vendor popularity in the client's industry.
Vendor's technological landscape
Vendor support system
Total Cost of Ownership
Matching of vendor's technologies to the client's products.
The BAIT Consulting process guides the client to a vendor's solution that fits the client's current and future business processes needs. This actually makes the IT selection project more efficient and drives the project overall success by generating a foundation of information, education and documentation.
Programmes and projects are closely related to organizational corporate policies, strategies and process activities which in turn are influenced by the change drivers (stakeholders needs, government reforms, sustainability, customer expectations, technology changes). Project and Programme Management is today a vital asset for organizations to effectively implementing the changes.
What we do:
We integrate change management with programme and project management, for we strongly believe that change management principles should be part of any project/programme management. At the same time, no business change can be effected without a project management approach. We therefore combine our experience in project and programme management(PPM) and change management to ensure that we deliver a solution to meet your needs first and foremost.
How we do it:
Once our consultants clearly understand your requirement , we work closely with client teams to deliver the change, by helping clients define where they want to get to, and how to get there. This is accomplished via skill transfer, training, mentoring, all with pragmatism.
Below is a best practice 7-keypoint check-list to test whether a project is likely to succeed:
Defining and agreeing upon the measurable outcome that needs to be achieved.
Defining the scope of the project
Work or product breakdown structure that supports the definition of the scope.
Task plan with dependencies and critical path, based on the breakdown structure
Resource plan based on the task plan.
Explicitly committing resources based on the plan
Board of directors or steering committee approving and committing resources.
Quality Assurance & Health Check
Many organizations know the importance of quality during major IT or transformation projects. However due to a lack or poor methodologies to build quality in IT solution development projects, they face quality issues with higher operating expenses. The way to address these issues is to consider quality holistically and put in place a quality life cycle approach.
Quality is the focus of BAIT Consulting's software development life cycle methodology.
There really is no replacement for quality. This even truer when it comes to software development. A holistic approach to quality is needed, not just manual testing. Today's more complex systems have outgrown traditional approaches to testing. New automated test techniques now allow machines to completely and automatically test themselves for errors. Our approach to quality assurance actually helps lower the costs, quickens the market release of the product, and gives higher customer satisfaction, as well as addressing security and compliance requirements. We have outlined 4 types of risks that must be managed in order to successfully release an enterprise system:
Functional risks: They relate to whether system meets the users requirements and functionality.
Non-functional risks: concerned with issues such as system performance and response times under load, system stability
Deployment Risk: It measures the likelihood of problems being introduced when installing systems. A strong discipline of configuration management or change management.
Compliance Risk: Measures impact to the business introduced by violating laws, rules and industry best practices.