IT and Project Management Case Studies

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JC Decaux Jive to Microsoft Migration

Client Profile

JCDecaux’s network of outdoor advertising displays is one of the largest in the global media industry. Every day, JCDecaux reaches more than 410 million people on the planet.  As audiences and communication channels become more fragmented, JCDecaux stands out for its ability to combine mass media and targeted solutions. JCDecaux owes its distinctiveness to its presence in cities, transport systems, and major thoroughfares. With the global population becoming increasingly urban and mobile, their solutions become more effective with each passing year. They are now one of the most influential media networks on the global level, and one of the most flexible on the local level.  To learn more about JCDecaux, visit www.jcdecaux.com.

Situation

JCDecaux needed to migrate to a new Intranet platform in an effort to increase platform stability, drive user engagement and cut costs while migrating core content from the original platform.

Solution

Office 365/SharePoint online-based intranet solution that included custom site templates with metadata content tagging and categorization to support flexible content curation strategy.

Business Benefits

  • Intranet content was refreshed and existing content retired based on key criteria, including content aging
  • Provided a viable intranet strategy built on O365/SharePoint that leveraged existing Microsoft licensing and related cost reductions
  • Intranet positioned on a modern/continuously updated platform
  • Full coverage of 10,000 user community​
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AMD Jive to Microsoft Migration

Client Profile

Founded in 1969 as a Silicon Valley start-up, the AMD journey began with dozens of employees focused on leading-edge semiconductor products. From those modest beginnings, AMD has grown into a global company of 10,000 people, achieving many important industry firsts along the way. AMD today develops high-performance computing and visualization products to solve some of the world’s toughest and most interesting challenges. There has never been a better time to be in the semiconductor industry, and we are ready to tackle the next 50 years with high-performance computing and graphics solutions that transform all of our lives. To learn more about AMD, visit www.amd.com.

Situation

AMD needed an overall strategy to leverage Office 365 while allowing the decommissioning of the current Jive instance and eliminating Jive licensing costs. The migration forms the basis for a refreshed high-value collaboration tool that AMD users can leverage in their day-to-day work tasks to improve productivity. Complete migration prior to the expiration of current Jive subscription (2 months to complete migration).

Solution

Migrate selected Places and related content from the current AMD Jive instance to the AMD Office 365/SharePoint Online tenant. Migration was completed leveraging automated migration utilities and associated consulting. This included working with Client on an overall Communication, Change Management, and Adoption effort.

Business Benefits

  • Eliminated stale and outdated Jive content
  • Able to complete migration in 2 months and eliminate Jive license and support costs
  • Enabled usage of a consistent UX and Search experience across the entire Intranet
  • Establish an “ownership” mindset among teams to maintain relevant content on an ongoing basis​​
  • New collaboration platform helped to drive employee engagement across the organization
  • Drove adoption of new capabilities in O365 related to content presentation and collaboration
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ADP Jive to Microsoft Migration

Client Profile

ADP is a comprehensive global provider of cloud-based human capital management (HCM) solutions that unite HRpayrolltalenttimetax and benefits administration, and a leader in business outsourcing services, analytics, and compliance expertise. Their unmatched experience, deep insights, and cutting-edge technology have transformed human resources from a back-office administrative function to a strategic business advantage. To learn more about ADP, visit www.adp.com.

Situation

ADP needed to reduce overall collaboration platform costs and consolidate on a unified collaboration platform to serve the entire organization. They also needed to support an overall strategy to leverage Office 365 functions licensed by ADP while allowing the decommissioning of the current Jive instance and therefore eliminate Jive licensing costs. The migration will form the basis for a refreshed high-value collaboration tool that ADP users can leverage in their day-to-day work tasks to improve productivity.

Solution

We migrated select Jive Places and related content from the current ADP Jive instance to the ADP Office 365/SharePoint Online tenant, leveraging automated migration utilities and associated consulting. We prioritized and scheduled content migration to minimize the impact on end-user access for ongoing collaboration. This included working with ADP on an overall Communication, Change Management, and Adoption effort.

Business Benefits

  • Reduced Jive licensing and ongoing support costs
  • Reviewed and eliminate unnecessary Jive Places and related content from migration efforts
  • Access to relevant information easier for users
  • Established an “ownership” mindset among teams to maintain relevant content on an ongoing basis​
  • The functionality of the new platform motivated users to view this transition as a productivity-enhancing move​
  • ADP now has a single platform for company communication, collaboration, and coordination


Information Technology

Information technology (IT) is the application of computers and telecommunications equipment to store, retrieve, transmit and manipulate data, often in the context of a business or other enterprise.

The term is commonly used as a synonym for computers and computer networks, but it also encompasses other information distribution technologies such as television and telephones. Several industries are associated with information technology, including computer hardware, software, electronics, semiconductors, internet, telecom equipment, engineering, healthcare, e-commerce and computer services.

Humans have been storing, retrieving, manipulating and communicating information since the Sumerians in Mesopotamia developed writing in about 3000 BC, but the term information technology in its modern sense first appeared in a 1958 article published in the Harvard Business Review; authors Harold J. Leavitt and Thomas L. Whisler commented that “the new technology does not yet have a single established name. We shall call it information technology (IT).” Their definition consists of three categories: techniques for processing, the application of statistical and mathematical methods to decision-making, and the simulation of higher-order thinking through computer programs.

Based on the storage and processing technologies employed, it is possible to distinguish four distinct phases of IT development: pre-mechanical (3000 BC – 1450 AD), mechanical (1450–1840), electromechanical (1840–1940) and electronic (1940–present).[5] This article focuses on the most recent period (electronic), which began in about 1940.

Project Management

Project management is the discipline of carefully projecting or planning, organizing, motivating and controlling resources to achieve specific goals and meet specific success criteria. A project is a temporary endeavor designed to produce a unique product, service or result with a defined beginning and end (usually time-constrained, and often constrained by funding or deliverables) undertaken to meet unique goals and objectives, typically to bring about beneficial change or added value. The temporary nature of projects stands in contrast with business as usual (or operations), which are repetitive, permanent, or semi-permanent functional activities to produce products or services. In practice, the management of these two systems is often quite different, and as such requires the development of distinct technical skills and management strategies.

The primary challenge of project management is to achieve all of the project goals and objectives while honoring the preconceived constraints. The primary constraints are scope, time, quality and budget. The secondary — and more ambitious — challenge is to optimize the allocation of necessary inputs and integrate them to meet pre-defined objectives.

Danny RyanIT and Project Management