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Pay Down Your Technical Debt In 4 Steps

You have an IT department filled with smart, competent employees. And yet, they have a hard time getting projects done in a timely manner. You try to find out why, and discover that the problem is twofold: They are spending so much time just keeping the lights on — handling routine day-to-day tasks and putting out fires — that they have little time left over for doing project work. In addition, even small changes invariably seem to create new defects, which are time-consuming to track down and fix.

If some or all of the above paragraph seems all too familiar to you, then your organization probably has a problem with technical debt. Read on to learn the four steps for paying down your technical debt.

Will IT Be a Net Enabler or Inhibitor to Meeting Your 2017 Goals?

Most organizations use this time of year to update their mission, establish new objectives, and develop new strategies to better position themselves for the coming year. With newness comes excitement, positive energy, and hope for improved overall business performance.  However, how dependent is your updated business strategy on your IT department?  Does IT have an updated strategy that aligns with your business strategy and the new business capabilities you require? Navigator understands how complicated it is for an IT department to develop and execute an IT strategy that is aligned with, and stays aligned with, the overall business strategy and desired business capabilities. But we also understand how valuable it can be for the enterprise if you do. Read on to learn more.

​The Sky’s the Limit - Oracle in the Clouds

Software as a Service (SaaS) and cloud computing are often confused for the same thing.  SaaS is but one form of cloud computing. Cloud computing can also consist of Platform as a Service (PaaS), Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Database as a Service (DBaaS) and other hosted services. Read on to see the evolution of Oracle and key features of Oracle Cloud today.

ERP Success Factors: Aligning Scope and Expectations

Scope and expectations form the definition of a project. The scope of work must align to achieve the expectations of the stakeholders. The same project results can be viewed as either a success or a failure by individual stakeholders with different expectations of the project. This means that different stakeholders can view the same scope of work, see the same project outcomes, and come to different conclusions as to whether or not a project was successful.

What Skills Make Up a Good Business Analyst?

As business executives set strategy to find new markets, enhance market offerings, embrace new technologies, and increase their bottom line, business analysts are hard at work translating those business strategies into actionable solutions. Business analysts (BAs) are by definition cross-functional, working as a liaison among different groups of stakeholders (e.g. finance, HR, marketing, IT) to define solutions that will succeed and flourish within the parameters of their organizations.  Within organizations, and within the broader consulting market, there are a wide range of individuals who step in to fill this role, so how do organizations know that their functional leads are capable of designing solutions that are both implementable and will meet the business’s needs? At Navigator, we believe that good business analysis requires experience and a broad set of skills, which is why we invest in having our BAs certify to the market-leading credential – the Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP).
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