people
processes
technology
applications
governance

overview

We assess the capabilities of the corporate IT or a software manufacturer
we do so by …

For each area of analysis specific analysis instruments exits like questionnaires, check lists, sample evaluation etc.. They can be individually adjusted.
We have developed specific application to evaluate the collected information appropriately.
For more information please click on the respective analysis area.

people

For all the relevant members of the IT we estimate their education, experience, motivation and their degree of loyalty to the corporation. We raise the information on an individual basis, but evaluate their impact on an aggregated level.

evaluation scheme people
example: people evaluation schema
  • Motivated and skilled personnel. These are the right people to execute a new strategy.
  • Motivated but not sufficiently skilled people; Action points could be training of existing and hiring of new staff.
  • Skilled but demotivated people. Those people don't live up to their full potential and could be bound for leaving.
  • De-motivated and not sufficiently skilled people. There is fire on the roof: root causes have to be investigated, appropriate actions taken.

The analysis answers the following questions …

processes

We determine the maturity of your software development processes according to CMMi, the maturity model of the Software Engineering Institute (SEI).

Illustration 2: maturity levels of the CMMi

Illustration 2: maturity levels according to the CMMi

The assessment answers the following questions …

technology

We determine the appropriateness and performance of the used or planned technology: hardware, network infrastructure, middleware and software. The results are positioned in a technology portfolio by importance and up-to-dateness.

The analysis answers the following questions …

 Illustration 5: The technology portfolio

Illustration 5: The technology portfolio

applications

The software application portfolio will be assessed and evaluated in their business context. All applications are positioned in one single view - the application portfolio according to their integral functional and technical quality. The FQ-/TQ diagramme

Illustration 3: example: application portfolio

Once we have aggregated the application portfolio it tells us the following …

quadrant

message

action

FQ high / TQ high target situation reached no actions to be taken here
FQ high / TQ low Application with the right functionality but hard to handle or to operate - possibly maintained to death. re-implement the current functionality
FQ low / TQ high the "wrong applications" well crafted Re-analyse the requirements, change, adapt, enrich the programs
FQ low / TQ low worst case: the overall quality is low Complete from scratch re-build necessary.

The functional quality (FQ) and the technical quality (TQ) of the applications will be estimated using structured questionnaires.

Current situation and target scenario will be portrayed separately.

Illustration 4: Current situation versus target scenario

Illustration 4: Current situation versus target scenario

The analysis answers the following questions …

governance

In this section we start with the top level view coming from vision, mission and culture, followed by an assessment of the IT strategy and the IT governance model, policies, processes and results. The appropriateness of the IT org. structure and the resulting flow of command & control will be monitored as well.

The following questions will be answered …

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