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Until we start making buying decisions based on quality, US software developers will not be able to compete on quality – because at this point, we just don’t have to. US perception that quality isn’t affordable is flawed. If you use processes, which reduce cycle times, costs by increasing productivity and bug fixes, etc,. The quality initiatives will seem cheap in comparison t the savings. Until we start making buying decisions based on quality, US software developers will not be able to compete on quality – because at this point, we just don’t have to US perception that quality isn’t affordable is flawed
How much will this cost? Fixed fee/time and materials? Gain sharing? Availability and Pricing How does the consultant plan to manage the inevitable clash between consultants and internal developers with different skill sets? Cultural Integration What process does the consultant have in place for using internal staff and training them on the project? Knowledge Transfer How does SP manage knowledge capital Knowledge Management What is the methodology? How are consultants trained in it? Are consultants compensated for contributing? Methodology Which consultants will actually be working on your project? Consultant Quality What are the firm’s core technical competencies? Technical Expertise Has the SP worked with similar companies? Industry Expertise Questions to Ask Qualification
Does the vendor invest in soft skills training? What type of training is provided? Soft skills training SEI CMM assessments, ISO 9000/9001, etc. In regards to SEI CMM, who was the auditor or assessor? When was the assessment done? What percentage of the development and maintenance organization was assessed? What is the vendor’s process maturity, and what type of quality assessments/certifications have been done? Some vendors specialize in one rather than the other. For example, you do not want to use a vendor for maintenance outsourcing that specializes in new development projects. Percentage of business from new application development vs. maintenance/support outsourcing If you require all onsite staff, make sure the vendor has local talent. If you want to get costs as low as possible, make sure the vendor has the requisite offshore resources and the remote management maturity. Breakdown of local vs. offshore talent. To ensure that the vendor has experience in the area for which you require support. Reference projects
Specific tasks carried out are as follows: Arrive at the Functional Architecture from the scenarios. The functional architecture will address all the functional requirements of the system. It depicts the interactions between the functional components. This view is primarily for the business managers. Validate the functional architecture by mapping the scenarios to the functional components Arrive at the System Architecture taking into consideration the non-functional requirements and super-imposing the system components on the functional components. The system architecture portrays the interactions between the various components, process flow and provide a basis for detailed design. Risk identification and risk mitigation activities are also addressed when arriving at the architecture Validate the System Architecture with the non-functional requirements by mapping the requirements to the system components Selecting Technology and Commercial Off The Shelf Software for components identified. Determine the deployment of system and provide a Deployment View.
Strategic Enterprise-Wide Initiatives: Finding the Right Partner A Netsession hosted by Cognizant Technology Solutions June 28, 2002 2:00-3:15 PM EST AGENDA 2:00-2:30 PM: Stephanie Moore, Vice President and Research Leader, Giga Information Group 2:30-3:00 PM: Doug Schafer, First Vice President, Options Trading System Development, Philadelphia Stock Exchange 3:00-3:15 PM: Q & A
Offshore and Nearshore Opportunities State of the Art in Strategic Global Sourcing Stephanie Moore Vice President & Research Leader
Outsourcing Drivers Focus Quality Time to Market Skills Shortage Specialist Requirements Cost Savings/ Containment OUTSOURCING DRIVERS 2002 Be very clear what your drivers are!
Top down Stakeholder Interviews Bottom Up Code Inspections Architecture Iterations Presentation of models & refinements
Proposed Architecture Blue Prints System View Referential Data Management Back Office SCCP Front Office Accounting Enterprise Data Management Infrastructure Services Front Office Enterprise Data Management Reporting Auditing Archival Security Backup & Recovery Communication