Navigator is excited to announce Navigator Gives Back Day on Friday, June 30, 2017. Navigator Gives Back Day is a day when Navigator employees will serve and support their communities.
Caring is part of the character of a Navigator. From our founding in 2001, we have sought and attracted the type of person who is motivated to make a difference not only for our clients’ success, but for causes and organizations as diverse as we are. Community is one of our core values, and is engrained into our culture.
Deployment isn’t sexy. That's shocking, I know. Nevertheless, project deployment must be flawless. Like any essential part of a project, a successful deployment can make or break a project's long-term future. The challenge with deployment is that you have only one chance to do it right. Deployment of business-critical applications must be completed on time so that the business users can perform the tasks that the project is enabling or streamlining. Only when deployment is complete can the project begin to provide the financial, compliance, strategic, or other benefit envisioned long ago when even the business case was but a dream.
We hear about it all too often with IT transformation projects that involve Business Intelligence (BI) and Analytics. End users often don’t get what they expected and hoped for as far as visibility and access to data when they finally see the end product. What they heard in promised capabilities and envisioned in requirements gathering discussions does not line up with the reality of the final solution. Does this sound familiar to your organization? If so, then it may be time to re-visit your strategy for gathering BI and analytics requirements.
Any change within an organization introduces ripples of decisions and considerations. This is true if you are changing a simple process or introducing an organizational realignment. The sheer act of ‘change’ requires decision-makers to take a step back and consider the impacts. Moving to a cloud technology is no different.
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.