IT and Project Management Success Stories

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Panasonic Trove Development Project

Client Profile

Panasonic is one of the largest product manufacturers in the world, comprised of 473 companies and employing over 260,000 people. They also own one of the world’s largest patent portfolios. And while some may still think of them merely as a consumer electronics company, they are a global provider of comprehensive solutions for businesses as well as consumers — solutions for your home, your work and when you travel.

Situation

Panasonic was using Salesforce with SpringCM for contract management and wanted to move to using SharePoint online. They were looking for a solution specific to SharePoint online and Office 365 (not other products like Box, Dropbox, etc). They found Trove on the AppExchange and needed some critical customizations to enable key workflows.

Solution

Panasonic leveraged a free product from ThreeWill called Trove. The product worked well out of the box, but they needed a couple of customizations in order for it to work with their specific scenarios. We made those customizations at a reasonable cost. In addition to that, we helped migrate the content from SpringCM to SharePoint.

Business Benefits

Panasonic was able to save the annual reoccurring cost of the SpringCM license fee. This easily justified the cost of the project and will provide future savings as well. They also now get all the enterprise content management features that are a part of SharePoint, improving collaboration on the contracts with groups within Panasonic.

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PR Newswire Jive to SharePoint Migration

Client Profile

PR Newswire, a Cision company, is the premier global provider of multimedia platforms and distribution that marketers, corporate communicators, sustainability officers, public affairs and investor relations officers leverage to engage key audiences. Having pioneered the commercial news distribution industry over 60 years ago, PR Newswire today provides end-to-end solutions to produce, optimize and target content — and then distribute and measure results. Combining the world’s largest multi-channel, multi-cultural content distribution and optimization network with comprehensive workflow tools and platforms, PR Newswire powers the stories of organizations around the world. PR Newswire serves tens of thousands of clients from offices in the Americas, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific regions.

Situation

PR Newswire decided to standardize on SharePoint online in Office 365 as their internal collaboration platform. There was key content in Jive that needed to be maintained going forward on SharePoint in Office 365. Additionally, the Jive license was set to expire in 2 months so it was critical for the migration to be completed before the license expiration.

Solution

ThreeWill leveraged it’s Jive to SharePoint Migration Utilities and Agile Migration process to migrate critical Jive content to Office 365 before the expiration of the Jive licenses (project kick-off to migration completion was about 5 weeks).

Business Benefits

PR Newswire was able to save the annual cost of the Jive license fee (over 200K) and was able to move to a new, consolidated collaboration platform in Office 365.  All critical content from the Jive platform was preserved and is now available for continued collaboration on the Office 365 platform.

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SharePoint 2010 to 2013 Migration Eliminating Sandboxed Solutions

Client Profile

Global Telecom services and equipment provider to millions of consumers, businesses and other service providers in dozens of countries.

Situation

Entertainment Group responsible for managing a holistic customer communications strategy to ensure consistency, relevance, improvement of customer experience, and alignment with corporate strategic goals.  

A SharePoint 2010 application was being successfully used to manage all post-sale customer communication requests.  The corporate I/T team made a decision to require that all SharePoint 2010 sites/applications be migrated to a new on-premise SharePoint 2013 server farm and to eliminate SharePoint sandboxed applications.

Solution

SharePoint 2013 application that retains the same user experience, business logic and workflows but includes a modern UI and leverages new SharePoint 2013 out-of-the-box functionality, e.g., user access request process.

Business Benefits

New application significantly outperforms the SharePoint 2010 application without requiring any retraining of users. Smaller server side application footprint with key functions now performed with client-side code. New provisioning model was implemented that more efficiently supports potential future changes in the application.  Benefits achieved with zero impact to existing user experience, including  content migration of existing records  from the SharePoint 2010 application instance. 


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 Solutions