The Collaborative Model

When the project requires close communication, collaboration, business understanding and speed to market, delivering IT services in an on-shore model can provide significant advantages.  When keeping costs low is critical, making major-metro consulting too expensive for these projects, and there have been significant hidden costs in offshoring. Often called onshoring, rural sourcing and other names, domestic sourcing provides a unique delivery model where skilled IT resources in favorable US geographies are deployed with traditional onsite IT consultants to deliver superior outcomes with competitive pricing. The Collaborative Model is able to tackle jobs that require tight collaboration, immediate and concise communication, sensitive timelines, business understanding, and superior quality that is difficult to accomplish in other models.

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Case Study: Accelerating Testing Performance and Process

Mission Impossible: Concept on a napkin to award-winning innovation

Analog Devices named Collaborative Consulting as its “IT Applications Partner of the Year” award winner. The award was given to Collaborative for its work on complex application development for Analog Devices’ public website.

The goal was to launch a first-of-its kind innovation for a technically expert user community on an accelerated timeline and tightly constrained budget.  Using the people-centric Agile development methodology was the only way to build all the required functionality, to build it well, and to build it on time; but the Agile framework is designed for a close-knit team of collaborators, not a loose network of offshore resources, and traditional IT consulting practice would come with a high price.

Collaborative’s expert technology team worked onsite with their client counterparts, while also leveraging Collaborative’s domestic … Read more »

Shifting Gears: Taking Information Management off Cruise Control

There have been very few pivotal moments in my career. The first one happened in 1998 when I chose to focus on Information Management as a career path. I was informed that shifts in database technology happen a lot slower than application technology.  Perfect! I figured that while these application developers are trying to keep up with changes, I could sink my teeth into the Information Management technologies without having them switching out from underneath me. To be honest, I thought this would allow me to enjoy my youth more while the application guys were studying a technology change that has a name that makes no sense. Seriously, what is Ruby on Rails anyway?

16 years … Read more »

Infographic: The Real Cost of Offshoring


Why Many Software Development Projects Today Yield Inferior Results and How This Can Change (Part II of II)

In the previous entry of this blog, I described a few decades of trends in the software industry and how they have negatively affected the quality of software that is being produced. These industry changes have led to certain practices becoming commonplace in projects, such as insufficient testing by code creator, substandard work estimation and resource loading. As a result, many of today’s software projects are riddled with quality issues that relate to an unnecessarily high number of errors and project inefficiencies. This creates higher costs and causes business goals to be missed.

In this entry, a case is made for developers producing quality code from the start. Also, essential steps for establishing/shoring up capabilities that set projects up for success are identified. These adjustments will … Read more »

2014 – The year of the cloud (sprawl)?

There are many articles, vendors and analysts already touting 2014 as the ‘year of the cloud’. Of course many said that in 2013, and in 2012 as well. From my view, cloud is assumed for the foreseeable future given its ubiquity in the technology space. Of course 2014 will be the year of the cloud, again. My question is, what does that mean, and what should we watch out for?

The migration to the cloud from our centralized infrastructures can be likened to the flight of people from the urban city centers out to the suburbs in decades past. People left the cities for open spaces, freedom to do more, expand the possibilities. One of the … Read more »

Why Many Software Development Projects Today Yield Inferior Results and How This Can Change (Part I of II)

Many software projects today suffer from quality issues that relate to an unnecessarily high number of software errors and project inefficiencies. This creates higher costs and ultimately causes business goals to be missed. Why is this? In other commercial production processes, like manufacturing machinery, a decades-long drive to Total Quality Management, Six Sigma and other quality initiatives have created processes and a culture of near zero tolerance for quality issues. Software development, though, through its history, has seemed to escape this scrutiny on quality. Too often, quality is an afterthought divorcing the creator of the code from being accountable for how well it works.

Given the importance of high performing, highly effective software in today’s business environment, company leaders need to adopt more robust approaches to … Read more »

Test Driving Big Data: How POCs Jumpstart Big Data Initiatives

Organizations are increasingly putting Big Data to work to solve real-world problems.  Gartner’s research suggests 64 percent of organizations are investing or planning to invest in big data technology in 2013.  A multitude of approaches and considerations are factored into jump-starting these Big Data initiatives. In short, the secret to getting Big Data off the ground can be summed up by three letters: POC.  More precisely, a  carefully crafted, skilfully executed proof-of-concept is critical to launching Big Data initiatives because it delivers tangible results in weeks, which will generate further support for Big Data investments.

Why Big Data is Made for POCs

A recognizable shift in technology has recently transformed the Information Management landscape.  Whether … Read more »

The Bridge from Lab to Launch: Case Study Part 2

***Join Joe West, a Director in Collaborative Consulting’s Life Sciences practice, on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 12 PM EST to discuss the Commercial Launch planning and execution.  To find out more and to register for this webinar: Preparing Your Company for a Successful Commercial Launch, click here.***