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Software Test Tools Software Evaluation Report

Tools exist to support software testing at all stages of a project. Some vendors offer an integrated suite that will support testing and development throughout a project's life, from gathering requirements to supporting the live system. Some vendors concentrate on a single part of that life cycle. The software test tools Software Evaluation Report provides functional criteria you might expect from a testing tool, the infrastructure that supports the tool, and an idea of the market position of the vendor. 

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IT Investment Decision Making: Getting to "Yes"


Many technology sales cycles get bogged down in the IT department. But while it is unlikely that a sale will get anywhere without IT management buy-in, IT approval is no guarantee of success. Getting a “yes” requires accessing and influencing other decision-makers, especially in the finance department. And along the way, there are plenty of others who can say “no.”

investment decision tools it  Investment Decision Making: Getting to Yes Getting to “yes” requires accessing and influencing other key decision makers especially those in the finance department. And along the way, there are plenty of others who can say “no” Source : Quocirca Ltd Resources Related to IT Investment Decision Making: Getting to Yes : Information Technology (IT), (Wikipedia) Decision Making (Wikipedia) IT Investment Decision Making: Getting to Yes Investment Decisions is also known as : Investment Read More

The Return on Investment of IP Telephony Management


Managing a newly deployed voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) integration project is not as easy as some IT managers believe it to be. Delivering voice traffic over the IP network is time-consuming, and requires the right tools and a proper budget. To fully understand the costs associated with IP telephony implementation, businesses must first conduct a thorough evaluation of their management options—prior to deployment.

investment decision tools it  Return on Investment of IP Telephony Management The Return on Investment of IP Telephony Management If you receive errors when attempting to view this white paper, please install the latest version of Adobe Reader. There are many horror stories around VoIP and IP telephony deployment . There are also many successes. PROGNOSIS management and monitoring tools make the difference.Successful VoIP deployment relies on careful planning, thoughtful infrastructure preparation, and a management platform Read More

Aligning Business with IT through IT Portfolio Management and IT Governance


When business uncertainties are frequent and compliance with regulations is mandatory, it can be a challenge to keep information technology (IT) synchronized with strategy for maximum business value—while reducing IT cost. An IT portfolio management framework, coupled with an IT governance framework, can provide visibility into projects and IT assets, keeping them aligned to business objectives at all times.

investment decision tools it  out the return on investment and the risks involved. Figure 1: IT decision maker view of the application landscape The typical IT landscape of most large organizations (as shown in Figure 1) represents a portfolio of applications that has over time, become large and unwieldy to monitor. As a result, most organizations often find it difficult to give information that is vital for ensuring alignment of business operations with IT. For instance, organizations often find it difficult to identify: which Read More

Is ROI King In Evaluating IT Investments? Part 1. Should We Make the Investment?


IT managers should recognize that cash flow measurements are being increasingly used to evaluate IT investments, even though initial estimates of cash flows from IT projects are often hard to determine because underlying business assumptions can change. IT veterans all know that reconciling IT investments to the bottom line has been problematic.

investment decision tools it  criteria now governs IT investment decision making. For accountants, Return on Investment (ROI) is measured by the impact an investment will have on cash flows. Simply stated, investments that result in increased net cash flows (returns that exceed the cost of the initial investment) are the ones that businesses want to make. Companies often establish cash flow improvement thresholds using one of two financial analysis tools: NPV (Net Present Value) tells you how much richer in terms of dollars you will Read More

A Case Study and Tutorial in Using IT Knowledge Based Tools Part 1: Decision Support Discussion


In going through a business decision process for complex technology selections, more and more use is being made of technologically driven processes using Decision support tools and captured knowledge. The use of these systems and the capability to drive a solution from them assumes an ability to accurately express business requirements and business value within these tools. In this article, we explore the marriage of knowledge management and decision support in forming knowledge based selection systems and procedures that can assist in reducing the current appalling record of IT project failures. This is illustrated by the process to select a Personal Digital Assistant (PDA).

investment decision tools it  $30 billion in wasted investment annually. On the vendor side, the challenge of educating the potential client of their offerings results in long sales cycles, meticulous and numerous RFI responses, and potential for a mismatch, resulting in projects that can go awry. These failed projects do not bode well for the vendor, since the sales cycle costs can only rise, and their reputation can suffer. Consequences can be more severe for the client where it can, in extreme cases, lead to business failure. For Read More

Converging Branch IT Infrastructure the Right Way


Many organizations continue to struggle with outdated IT architectures in branch offices. There is a fundamentally better and less costly way to architect your branch IT. Whether driven by a server refresh project, or by the need to solve a more acute problem posed by your branch IT, adopting a branch converged infrastructure solution as your next branch architecture can drive significant dollar savings while securing data and improving recovery.

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Business Process Management: A Crash Course on What It Entails and Why to Use It


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Reducing Operational Risk of IT Service in Finance


An overview for CIOs of the provision and management of IT services at a level that addresses the risk management issues raised by the Basel Committee's New Capital Accord expected to become effective during 2006. Because of the dependence financial institutions have on IT services, the accord requires adequate provision to assure the availability of these services. Centauri Business Service Manager is presented as the solution: one that allows a CIO to assess current risk levels, measure ongoing risk and support a process of ongoing improvement to reduce this risk. Furthermore, Centauri provides the financial institution with a cost-effective balanced scorecard to improve decision-making.

investment decision tools it  little (or no) additional investment. Factors Af fect ing Risk Risk Management and the New Capital Accord Basel II will ensure that sufficient risk aversion strategies are in place that increases the soundness of the local financial system by aligning regulatory capital requirements to the underlying risks in the banking business. Since the Accord will be adopted by the central banks for each participating G10 country, the code is mandatory. The Capital Accord currently in effect was released in 1988 and Read More

Food Decision Software


Founded in 1978, Mulvany Attard Associates, now Food Decision Software Inc. (FDS), is a provider of food industry-specific software. FDS aims to help companies understand and address the unique challenges associated with food distributing or food manufacturing. FDS is the developer of WinFDS, a food distribution software for small to medium-sized food distribution and food manufacturing companies.

investment decision tools it  Decision Software Founded in 1978, Mulvany Attard Associates, now Food Decision Software Inc. (FDS), is a provider of food industry-specific software. FDS aims to help companies understand and address the unique challenges associated with food distributing or food manufacturing. FDS is the developer of WinFDS, a food distribution software for small to medium-sized food distribution and food manufacturing companies. Read More

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The view of technology has evolved over time—from a strategic enabler and a competitive weapon to an operational overhead. IT projects that come in over budget and with missed deadlines and lackluster results do not help matters. It is up to the CIOs to restore the perception of IT in the enterprise, by understanding the company’s goals and showing business leaders how IT projects and services can help reach them faster.

investment decision tools it  Investments and Business Value The view of technology has evolved over time—from a strategic enabler and a competitive weapon to an operational overhead. IT projects that come in over budget and with missed deadlines and lackluster results do not help matters. It is up to the CIOs to restore the perception of IT in the enterprise, by understanding the company’s goals and showing business leaders how IT projects and services can help reach them faster. Read More

Columbus IT


Columbus IT is a global technology consulting and software development company dedicated to improving your operations. You can count on Columbus for low risk implementations of ERP, BI, and CRM systems and faster ROI. At Columbus, software development is not an afterthought – you get the benefit of an entire division that is completely focused on the development of high quality industry solutions. Underscoring our leadership in the industry, we have been recognized as ‘Global Partner of the Year' by Microsoft. Choose Columbus IT for our proven ability to get the job done right – and for our people who have the highest level of integrity, respect and trust.

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