IT Insights to Help You Achieve Your Business Goals
At Transition Partners, we’re focused on helping you discover and implement those IT solutions that provide the best strategic fit for your business. The following White Papers encapsulate much of the insight and expertise developed by our senior consultants over long careers as CIOs, senior managers, and technical experts in Information Technology.
Doing More with Less with Robotic Automation
"Robotic Automation" is an easy to use emerging technology to improve efficiency and reduce costs through a combination of automation and machine learning. Labor cost savings of 30% and more are typical in intensive back-room operations.
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The Importance of an (ISMS) Information Security Management System
Security breaches are costly - in both dollars and corporate image. The websites of Wells Fargo, J.P. Morgan Chase, Bank of America and other financial institutions have been the target of repeated attacks that shut down their websites. (WSJ, September 26, 2012, “Bank Cyber-attacks Underscore Need for Security Processes”). An Information Security Management System (ISMS) is the first line of defense against security breaches.
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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.
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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?
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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.
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Preparing for the Future: a Critical Imperative for Hospitals
A recent case study details 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).
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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A Recommendation for the New CIO
Congratulations on your new position! Your success will be affected by your early moves. What steps do you need to take to ensure success?
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