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IT Project Risk Assessment
Information technology project risk often comes from non-technical aspects of the initiative. Assessing the impact of technology on people, management systems

it support specialists 847  Project Risk Assessment IT Project Risk Assessment J. Dowling - August 22, 2002 Introduction   Information technology project risk often comes from non-technical aspects of the initiative. Assessing the impact of technology on people, management systems and other initiatives is essential to assure project success. We automate problems This department slogan was posted on my office door (the inside) for several months while I and other managers in the department struggled to break out of a string of Read More
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Great Plains Taps The Web To Deliver Product Support
Great Plains has expanded eSupport, its web-based technical support service. The new service promises to provide customers and partners with higher levels of

it support specialists 847  Great Plains states that it has augmented telephone support with web support rather than replaced it, but be sure to get references from current eSupport users. Specifically ask the references if the quality of telephone support has remained the same (or improved) with the addition of web services. Great Plains states that the pricing of current service plans will not change with the new improvements. Be sure to get a long-term commitment to current price levels as part of your purchase. Read More
Innovative IT Consulting
Innovative IT Consulting, LLC is a different kind of IT Professional Services firm. Passionate, caring and hands-on - we help our clients plan and execute ERP

it support specialists 847  IT Consulting Innovative IT Consulting, LLC is a different kind of IT Professional Services firm. Passionate, caring and hands-on - we help our clients plan and execute ERP projects that are crititcal to their success and in many cases transform their businesses to take advantage of new business models, processes and plans. We are 100% dedicated to the success of our clients, who are typically mid-sized firms and 'small enterprises' looking to compete, grow and differentiate themselves in Read More
Project Failure-The Numbers, Why, and What It Means
IT projects fail regularly—considerably missing expectations, drastically overrunning budgets, significantly missing deadlines, and far too often having to be

it support specialists 847  Numbers, Why, and What It Means Introduction Information technology (IT) projects fail regularly—considerably missing expectations, drastically overrunning budgets, significantly missing their deadlines, and far too often having to be abandoned entirely. Research shows us that this is the rule, not the exception. Research also tells us why. What is the impact of failure on enterprises, IT professionals and software and services providers? Does it have to be this way? Failure Facts First, let's look at Read More
If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It!!!
“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” If this proverb were applied in today’s operations, every organization would be in a reactive mode of maintenance and work

it support specialists 847  It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It!!! “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” If this proverb were applied in today’s operations, every organization would be in a reactive mode of maintenance and work against the lean manufacturing concepts. Any breakdown or downtime on the manufacturing floor, in the warehouse, in transportation, or any other business process will create missed customer commitments, failed deliveries, idle time, and lost labor hours. Instead of taking the risk and being in reactive Read More
Aftereffects of Recession on IT Investment: Building a Robust IT Investment Model
The global economic recession has put immense pressure on companies to cut costs—particularly IT-related expenditure. Companies were often forced to run only a

it support specialists 847  of Recession on IT Investment: Building a Robust IT Investment Model The global economic recession has put immense pressure on companies to cut costs—particularly IT-related expenditure. Companies were often forced to run only a few projects with regulatory impact and immovable deadlines, proceeding against very lean budgets. Recently, key economies such as the US and China have started to show signs of recovery. Learn more about how the recession has had an impact on IT investment. Read More
How One Vendor Addresses Support and Maintenance Issues
SAP is addressing the problem of customers wanting support that vendors are either not providing, or providing at unjustifiable prices. Support and maintenance

it support specialists 847  studies to determine whether it is worthwhile for them to opt for the entire package, considering that SAP support is available in a piecemeal format. Customers would benefit from approaching SAP and asking for more concrete examples of product developments, such as advisors' deliverables, proof of concept, early adopters' benefits, or conflict of interest preemption, for example. There is no universal solution to the problems inherent in customer software S&M contracts, but prospective clients should Read More
How KNOVA Supports and Extends Knowledge-centered Support (KCS)
Today’s support organizations often face the challenge of providing efficient and effective customer service. Without the right tools, it can become an uphill

it support specialists 847  Without the right tools, it can become an uphill battle. To gain true scale and effectiveness in service and support, many organizations are now turning to knowledge management initiatives like knowledge-centered support (KCS)—a business process that directly addresses the root causes of support inefficiencies. Read More
Remote IT Management
Businesses of all sizes must manage an increasing diversity of remote users and devices. The tasks involved range from keeping systems running to ensuring

it support specialists 847  IT Management Businesses of all sizes must manage an increasing diversity of remote users and devices. The tasks involved range from keeping systems running to ensuring security, compliance, and more. Under this sort of pressure, IT managers and managed service providers must have flexible access to powerful tools and an ability to share the data those tools rely on. Software as a service (SaaS)-based tools can help—find out how. Read More
Compliance, Not Conflict: From IT Security vs. IT Operations,
It’s an inescapable, undisputable fact that most organizations have conflict between IT security and IT operations. Having been given two distinctive—yet

it support specialists 847  Not Conflict: From IT Security vs. IT Operations, It’s an inescapable, undisputable fact that most organizations have conflict between IT security and IT operations. Having been given two distinctive—yet potentially contradictory—goals, in a sense they were destined to be at odds with one another. What does it take to bridge the gap between these two teams to achieve compliance? Can standardized processes and software tools help (or hinder) this effort? Find out here. Read More
Proactive IT Triage for Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance
When it comes to Sarbanes-Oxley compliance, most IT organizations do not lack measurement data—in fact, they’re buried in it! What they need are effective ways

it support specialists 847  IT Triage for Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance When it comes to Sarbanes-Oxley compliance, most IT organizations do not lack measurement data—in fact, they’re buried in it! What they need are effective ways to put these measurements into the context of critical business services, establish baselines for every layer of every component, and proactively communicate which layer of which component is the root cause of any abnormality. Read More
The Benefits of Focusing on a Niche and Serving it Well: EcFood - A Dot-com Making It
ecFood is a strategic sourcing vendor focused on the industrial food market. Its recent financial results prove that being highly focused can bring value to

it support specialists 847  a Niche and Serving it Well: EcFood - A Dot-com Making It Event Summary Food and beverage industry strategic sourcing vendor ecFood , recently announced exceptional results for 2001 with dramatic increases in revenue, gross margin, transaction volume, customer acquisition and services. The privately held company closed out the year with record-breaking performance, including an 815% increase in gross margin from 2000 and revenue of $37.6 million. ecFood also acquired a major dairy industry purchasing Read More
Retaining your IT staff
By surveying two hundred IT professionals direct, IntaPeople has been fortunate enough to gain an insight into some of the measures bosses can take to keep

it support specialists 847  your IT staff By surveying two hundred IT professionals direct, IntaPeople has been fortunate enough to gain an insight into some of the measures bosses can take to keep their IT staff happy. This white paper aims to explore some of these expectations so that companies can curb what is often a merry-go-round of IT staff, and concentrate on shaping the future of their business instead. Read More
Should It Be Renamed 'Unobtainium'?
Reports indicate that Intel will delay the release of its 64-bit 'Itanium' processor yet again.

it support specialists 847  It Be Renamed 'Unobtainium'? Should It Be Renamed 'Unobtainium'? R. Krause - August 2, 2000 Event Summary Intel executives have said in a financial briefing during July that Intel will push back the release of its 64-bit Itanium processor (formerly known as Merced ), recently slated for October, 2000, by a quarter. This means the first Itanium-based products should not arrive until early in 2001 - somewhat later than the original schedule of 1999. The first products are expected to be servers and Read More
Support for Old Releases-Good for the User but Is It Good for the Vendor?
The decision to support older releases is like any other business decision, it is all about the money and profitability. If the vendor can make money at

it support specialists 847  maximize revenue and profits, it is now in the best interest of the vendor to support these older releases. How the costs work and where is the break-even point? The cost has two elements. First, bug fixing and keeping the software compatible with changes in the operating environment (operating system, database, hardware discontinuation, etc.) is a fixed cost that does not vary with the number of customers supported. On the other hand, the majority of hot line support, distributing bug fixes and other Read More

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