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A dysfunctional development team can be the road to ruin


With so many information systems projects failing – as many as 71% according to the Standish Group Chaos Report – it is important to plan well and ensure that everything is as perfect as can be, with a contingency in place for any unexpected challenges.

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How do you know when a technology development project is going off the rails?


A few years ago, the Standish Group Chaos Report found that as few as 29% of IT projects were successful and a further 19% were considered to be out and out failures. Further research by McKinsey added that 17% of some IT projects failed so spectacularly that they actually threatened the company’s viability.

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Why CEOs never get a truthful answer about the progress of a project


In any technical development project many people are involved. But it is the CEO and senior management who ultimately own major investment projects within a business. As projects progress you can often feel you are not really being kept in the loop on project progress.

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Beware the knowledge gap


There are many things that can derail a project, from under-budgeting to time slippages, to lack of communication. One problem that can be a challenge from the start is the knowledge gap between the CEO commissioning the project and those who will be managing it or using the finished product.

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Identifying a project on the rocks


The smallest slip at the beginning of the project can snowball until it has catastrophic impact later on; so, the key is to catch these slips as they happen.

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Buying a Business?


Buying a business can be an exciting but challenging time. Integration can be derailed by anything from workplace culture to inadequate IT systems. If not planned and assessed properly things may not go smoothly. Preventing failure requires thorough upfront research and assessments.

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How to ensure your merger runs smoothly


Mergers can be exciting and can benefit all parties in their future business goals. But only if the merger is handled well. How you merge and manage the transition can make a big difference. In regard to the merging of two (or more) information systems it’s not just about one being preferable over the other…

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How to improve team effectiveness


According to the Independent newspaper, more than 58% of workers have reported that they have been more productive since working from home over the past year. A more productive workforce is a happier, more efficient workforce which is accompanied by a boost in general morale. However…

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Brandon Cross gets a face lift and upgrade


We are living in changing times. The world is changing, technology is changing, social structures are changing … And so is Brandon Cross. We have been working hard on developing Brandon Cross for the future ahead of us. This has culminated in a new ‘look’ Brandon Cross in terms of the brand itself.

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What does it really mean to pivot?


Businesses have had to be very flexible with the way they work over the past year with some having to make the decision to pivot their services or products.

But what does this actually mean?

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Time for reflection


In March of this year everyone thought it would be temporary, but now we are in October. This article considers how to ensure your business is running in as efficient a manner as it possibly can.

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