Feb 09 2011
CapTech's monthly Drupal Team meeting is today, February 9, 2011, and we are excited about opening up the meeting to the Richmond, VA area Drupal community. As anyone that frequents the Richmond group at groups.drupal.org knows, there isn't an official Richmond Drupal Users Group. Open source is all about community involvement, and we'd like to work with the Richmond Drupal community to raise the level of awareness around Drupal for prospective buyers, sellers, Drupal developers in central Virginia. We'd also like to discuss creating an "official" Richmond Drupal Users Group.
Feb 07 2011
As a knowledge worker, it is not uncommon to find yourself at a client with the tools that you are provided, and not the tools that you might want. You will, however, always find Microsoft Excel. For this reason, Excel is often used beyond its intended purpose; as a forms tool, a reporting tool, a database or an application front-end.
Although your first course of action should probably be to obtain the right tool, sometimes you just have to “make it work.” This is the first in a series of Excel tips and tricks for non-programmers that will help you to understand and perform common programming tasks.
Feb 06 2011
Gartner recently released an updated version of the Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence Platforms. One quick glance at the new Magic Quadrant and you’ll notice there are a whopping 19 entries this year, with 8 companies making the prestigious leader quadrant. When compared to the 4 leaders in the Data Integration magic quadrant and 6 in the data warehouse space it is clear there is a lot happening in the world of Business Intelligence.
Feb 04 2011
Let’s first level set on Organizational Change Management (OCM). It is not Change Control which relates to changes to business, system or other technical requirements. OCM is the act of anticipating, preparing, managing, monitoring, measuring and supporting stakeholders through a transition. Regardless if that transition is large or small, technical, process, or organizationally driven.
People don’t fear change. We bring change to our lives all the time. We change jobs, get married, have children, move etc. People fear and reject change that doesn’t provide value to them or that they perceive as not valuable. As Project Managers, who by nature are inflicting change on an organization, you need to be prepared for your role in change management.
I submit to you that without realizing it, as an experienced Project Manager and/or PMP, you possess more knowledge than you realize to prepare you for your role in change management.
Feb 02 2011
Recently, CapTech was asked to support the program management office (PMO) for a leading mortgage sourcing and servicing provider. The client was embarking on a multi-year (and $MM) program and needed a qualified group of resources to manage and track the overall program delivery. Our initial responsibilities were to determine the PMO guidelines and, specifically, which tool would offer a collaborative platform between our team and the major stakeholders, such as the project managers (PMs).
Our team ultimately settled on SharePoint 2007 for a number of reasons. Known mostly as a document management platform, this tool can be leveraged to document information through its variety of features such as lists and team sites.