Information Alliance, Inc.

IT Professional Services

Industry Best Practices

Successful companies devote part of their planning activities toward identifying those approaches, processes, and methodologies that have become common denominators among industry leaders.  These are often referred to as "best practices".  Information Alliance can help identify appropriate best practices for your organization, and can guide you in planning and implementing those that will add the most value.  Although best practices change over time, here are some of our key focal points;

Project Management and Planning
When planning capital projects, business managers must focus on those activities that will provide the greatest return on investment, offer an acceptable level of risk, and minimize disruption to ongoing business operations.  Obtaining expertise in the following areas during the initial planning stages will help ensure a successful project:

          *  Ensuring strategic business alignment
          *  Building end-user confidence in the new solution
          *  Obtaining executive sponsorship
          *  Utilizing proven methodologies
          *  Developing an incremental roadmap
          *  Allocating sufficient resources

Data Warehousing
It is critical that data management policies and procedures be designed, implemented, and monitored to ensure data quality and efficiency of information delivery.  To accomplish this, businesses should seek expertise in the following areas:

          *  Master Data Management
          *  Eliminating data redundancy
          *  Developing a metadata strategy
          *  Developing a disaster recovery plan
          *  Implementing data validation rules
          *  Identifying data stewards

Information Delivery
Accurate, timely, and relevant information is the foundation of successful decision-making.  Companies that employ a consistent method of delivering this information across the enterprise will have a competitive advantage.  However, building an information delivery system that possesses these qualities will require experience in the following best practice areas:

          *  Implementing Reporting Standards
          *  Utilizing efficient Software Licensing Policies
          *  Establishing zero footprint / web delivery
          *  Understanding user demographics
          *  Designing for end-user performance


Enterprise Content Management
With the explosion of electronic content (electronic documents and images, email, video, etc.), as well as the need to reduce the burden of managing (and converting) physical content, enterprise content management initiatives are becoming a core initiative of many mid to large size companies.  Successful initiatives require proper planning
and execution of well-defined plans that address the following:

          *  Establishing an effective taxonomy approach
          *  Centralizing content storage (eliminating redundant storage)
          *  Electronic capture of physical documents
          *  Striving for simplicity and ease of use
          *  Designing with the future in mind (estensibility)
          *  Establishing standard definitions and business processes