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Optimizing your current ERP system

  The Need for Optimization As an integrated decision support system, an ERP system should support any or all of a company’s financial and operational processes. Often, the ERP system is relegated to serve as a financial reporting tool only. As a result, the system neither supports the management decision making process nor the seamless [...]

The temporary CIO: The role of the Interim CIO

Many organizations in transition find themselves in a situation where short term and long term technology needs are unclear. They may have an unexpected CIO vacancy, or the business has chosen to make a change. The result is a void in IT leadership and a potential slowdown in key IT initiatives.   Consider some additional [...]

A PCI Compliance overview

The major credit card issuers (Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express) created PCI (Payment Card Industry) compliance standards to protect personal information and ensure security when transactions are processed utilizing a payment card. PCI provides the guidelines to help merchants protect cardholder data. All members of the payment card industry (financial institutions, credit card companies and [...]

Top tips for Disaster Recovery Planning

Organizations of all sizes depend on information technology as an essential part of their everyday operations. Since data accessibility is a top necessity, the need for companies to assemble a comprehensive disaster recovery plan is fundamental. Research conducted by Info-Tech Research Group, however, validates that nearly 60% of North American businesses do not have a [...]

Mergers & Acquisitions – IT Integration challenges

Organizations must overcome many technology challenges after an acquisition in order to unify and streamline business processes across the entire enterprise. It is rare, (if not impossible) to find two organizations using matching systems and applications, particularly when they can employ up to as many as ten to fifteen applications to run separate business processes. [...]

Assessing the IT function of a potential Merger or Acquisition: An important part of due diligence

Assessing the information technology function of a potential acquisition or investment is an important part of due diligence. Consider asking yourself the following questions before undergoing any changes: Current State of IT Capabilities Systems What application systems are installed, and what shape are they in? Are they suitable for a company of this size, in [...]

Creating a Project Management Office – improving project outcomes

Understanding the type of PMO that needs to be established It is important to understand that within an organization PMOs can be established to serve a specific purpose.  According to the Program Management Office Handbook, prepared by the PMO Special Interest Group (PMOSIG) of the Project Management Institute (PMI), there are five types of Programs: Strategic Programs [...]

5 Steps to achieving operational efficiency

As InfoWorld recently pointed out, “No company is immune to the economy’s ebb and flow. So it’s no surprise that, in the face of a fearsome downturn, IT shops are scrambling to figure out where they should cut.”At Litcom, we have excellent experience working with IT organizations interested in becoming more operationally efficient. As a [...]

Risks to consider when evaluating cloud options

Cloud computing technology is a standout amongst the most prevalent recent innovations, rapidly becoming widespread. Technologies are meant to simplify human efforts and provide convenient usage of their products and services and there is little doubt about the fact that cloud computing has introduced a revolutionary answer for an extensive variety of businesses.  In the [...]

Gartner Research – Strong IT Spending Into 2015

Excerpt taken from eweek.com By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2014-07-03   The U.S. economy has come through a long period of recession and then a sluggish recovery. But the recent news has been positive, with payroll processor ADP estimating the economy added 281,000 jobs in June, the fifth consecutive month of robust job growth. The IT industry slogged [...]

What is your organization’s cloud computing strategy?

What is your organization’s Cloud Computing strategy? Does one even exist? The number of cloud based services is increasing every day. With offerings from SalesForce.com, Google, Amazon, and even Oracle, this is not just a trend. For many this will be a strategic advantage. Organizations have been asking whether to develop in-house infrastructure, or use [...]

Maximizing IT project efficiency: A Project Ranking Strategy

Your company is most likely spending millions of dollars executing projects to support efforts in order to achieve strategic goals, as well as maintain daily operations. Each project consumes staff, equipment, physical space, and budget. You may have likely found yourself in a position where your resources are stretched to the limit, just before the [...]

Our “10 things” IT: A collection of IT summary reports from CIO Insight

All excerpts taken from cioinsight.com  Enjoy! 10 Classic Project Management Mistakes By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 07-01-2014                 10 Things That All Great Project Managers Do By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 06-13-2014   10 Most In-Demand Software Skills By Karen A. Frenkel  |  Posted 06-11-2014     10 Things You Need to Know About Data Theft By Karen [...]

The need for effective board-level IT governance

Today’s organizations rely on information technology (IT) as a crucial part of their overall enterprise strategy. As such, policies and practices that extend to IT are an integral part of this strategy- that is, IT should be governed by practices that help ensure: An organization’s IT resources are utilized responsibly Risks are managed appropriately Information [...]

Cloud Computing Risks: Is your organization aware?

Cloud computing technology is a standout amongst the most prevalent recent innovations, rapidly becoming widespread. Technologies are meant to simplify human efforts and provide convenient usage of their products and services and there is little doubt about the fact that cloud computing has introduced a revolutionary answer for an extensive variety of businesses.  In the [...]

How is your organization backing up large volumes of data?

How is your organization backing up its large volumes of data? Michael Vizard explains the challenges of backing up large volumes of data. Deluge of Data Threatens Many Backup Systems CIO Insight By Michael Vizard When it comes to backup and recovery, IT organizations are clearly struggling with the amount of data that needs to be managed. [...]

How Project Managers can manage expectations

One of the most important and challenging tasks of the Project Manager is to set and manage the expectations of their stakeholders throughout the project and program life cycle. Below are some great tips by Nestor E. Arellano, from  IT World Canada. For the full article, please visit: 11 ways project managers can manage expectations [...]

What CIOs Need to Know About Business Alignment

By Dennis McCafferty Excerpt taken from CIO Insight By now, CIOs are highly aware of the C-suite’s growing interest in aligning IT planning, investment and deployment with strategic business goals. Despite the fact that much of this activity is driven by the increasingly unpredictable and rapid pace of market shifts, many organizations are still moving [...]

3 Pitfalls of your Current ERP System

  Written by: Grantley Smith, Solution Advisor for TGO Consulting Inc. Link: www.tgo.ca/blog/erp Technology continues to advance dramatically. From the Internet to smartphones, everything is at your fingertips instantly. However, ERP has been left behind… To move ERP into the 21st century, I believe three areas need to be addressed: accessibility, interactivity, and intelligence. Accessibility [...]

Integrating Business and Technology: 4 steps towards a common alignment

A common theme we hear in our discussions with business leaders is that of ensuring the IT department is supporting the business strategy. No matter the size of the company and its respective industry, IT is integral to the efficient operation of the company. Survival in today’s complex business climate demands effective and decisive action. [...]

Don’t Replace, Enhance! When it makes sense to optimize your organization’s existing ERP system

Unless your organization has completely outgrown its ERP system, optimizing the existing software may be a very feasible option. In fact, our experience with many of our clients is that their operational pains lie not in the system itself but in fragmented business processes and misapplication of the system. To determine whether or not fixing [...]

Protect your organization: Why a Disaster Recovery Plan matters

A number of studies have been conducted over the years regarding Disaster Recovery (DR) planning and it’s importance to business.  These studies increased ten fold in the wake of 9/11 and the results were consistent- “it’s not will you need a disaster recovery plan, it’s when.”              The results of the studies were [...]

Best IT Management Practice: The role of the IT Steering Committee

Nearly 80% of all IT organizations have steering committees and 69% of those organizations make full use of their committees, meaning the committees meet regularly to align IT’s goals, objectives, and priorities with the needs of the business, according to the Computer Economics IT Management Best Practices 2011/2012 study. The use of IT steering committees [...]

How secure are your systems?

Recent news of the Chinese military involvement in electronic espionage raises the question of how to secure an organization’s systems in an era of advanced persistent threat (APT). According to Wikipedia, APT refers to “a group, such as a foreign government, with both the capability and the intent to persistently and effectively target a specific [...]

Ensuring the smooth integration of disparate IT systems

Research shows that on average, organizations will spend approximately 30 percent of their IT budgets dealing with the integration of disparate systems. Why? Because after a merger or acquisition, organizations begin to feel pressure to solve immediate issues and deal with problems. As a result, organizations start acquiring new technologies; an action that complicates the [...]

4 Tips on optimizing your ERP system

If you have implemented ERP and you are not realizing the return that you anticipated, you should consider optimizing your ERP system. When optimizing your ERP system, the focus must be aligning the application with your business processes and business rules.           Here are 4 tips on optimizing your ERP system: 1.  Explore and understand [...]

SharePoint: Not your average collaboration tool

1. Improve team productivity with interactive collaborative tools Connect people with the information and resources they need. Users can create team workspaces, coordinate calendars, organize documents, and receive important notifications and updates through communication features including announcements and alerts, as well as the new templates for creating blogs and wikis. While mobile, users can take [...]

Reaping the benefits of Agile project management

Successful organizations constantly strive to use IT as a business enabler. With software development at the heart of business differentiation, companies have long searched for software methodologies that combine aggressive time to market and top quality with lowest cost. Agile has proved to be successful in meeting enterprise goals. Agile adoption rate has accelerated over [...]

Rescuing troubled projects

The first step in dealing with a troubled project is to be sure you actually have a project that is in trouble. In some circumstances, there is the perception of a problem when in actuality there really is none at all. In other situations, a project may be in trouble, but the project manager might [...]

Don’t let your organization get hacked!

Drake International the latest victim of hacking, extortion scheme against companies Christine Dobby | Jan 9, 2013 11:56 AM ET |(source: Financial Post, written by Christine Dobby (excerpt taken), http://business.financialpost.com/2013/01/09/drake-international-confirms-database-with-user-information-hacked/ Drake International, the Canadian-based job placement firm, confirmed Wednesday that it has been the victim of a hacking scheme by a group seeking to extort payment in exchange for [...]