As mentioned in a previous post, Managing Communities through Taxonomy, one of the benefits of implementing a taxonomy-based community management solution is the ability to leverage powerful insights with community analytics. In the process of building your managed communities, you will access a store of valuable data that can provide impactful metrics to inform and guide your business in all aspects of membership, communication and ad hoc analytics.
As a technical program manager implementing Scrum for the past two years, bottom line, it works. If you do not know about Scrum, we have an introductory article titled “The Basics of Scrum, Sprints and Cycles” which I highly recommend you read first.
One of the key values to building and sustaining a long-term relationship with your client is understanding their business. As a technology consultant or analyst, this means far more than simply knowing what products or services your customer provides. You need to get a clear picture of their business goals and challenges, and then map out a technology roadmap to move them forward from where they are today.
Earlier this week, I wrote about the 3 Steps to Creating a Managed Taxonomy Across Your Organization. These steps involved following a people, process, and technology paradigm to create, onboard, and maintain a managed taxonomy. The process of aligning your organization to the new taxonomy is not simple, but it can be extremely effective and deliver a significant return on your investment of time and money.
As a company grows, different parts of the organization will inevitably evolve different ways to describe the same concepts, such as accounts, products, and services or even associated metadata attributes. There are advantages to having separate naming conventions in different departments in order to optimize the meaning of each taxonomy element, but differences across the organization make it extremely difficult to do aggregated reporting or provide executive level visibility across datasets.
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the idea of designing websites that are required to work well on mobile devices as well as browsers, especially if you have never attempted a project of this type in the past. Luckily, there is a fantastic open source framework available to make this task quick and simple, even for mobile design novices.
Leveraging nearshore resources within a local project team is a great way to lower development costs while keeping the extended project team consistent with the local time zone, language, culture and maintaining the ability to work collaboratively. The overall return on investment can be maximized by accelerating the onboarding process and getting nearshore resources to begin effectively contributing to the project with minimal ramp up.
A career in the information worker realm is all about communications. Every meeting, email, IM, status update, requirements document, contract, and deliverable is a form of communication between you and your client. Chances are that if you’re reading this, you’re already doing a decent job at it. But it’s always a good idea to review the fundamentals and make sure you are covering all the bases.
SharePoint is a content management and collaboration tool that has become a standard in a variety of business processes. According to a report by the Association for Information and Image Management (AIIM), the tool is used by nearly half of Fortune 500 companies and a quarter of their employees. The benefits that the tool has to offer are numerous. In addition to content management and collaboration, organizations can enjoy at-will reporting, centralized administration, and site and user management. However, like any tool with business applications, SharePoint does not cover every possible scenario.
Predictive analytics is emerging as a key methodology for organizations that want to leverage their data into a competitive edge that will help them predict customer behavior, understand trends and make more informed business decisions.