Project Management

IT RFPs undermine CIO innovation

London, 21 June 2017: Communications and IT services provider, KCOM, has warned that the enterprise IT Request for Proposal (RFP) process requires urgent review if it is to enable organizations to use technology to meet business challenges effectively. Its analysis shows today’s RFPs are overly IT-focused, neglect wider business goals, stifle partner innovation and fail to guard against the future. 

KCOM carried out a detailed examination of RFPs it received in 2016 and 2017 for strategic IT projects in order to determine the degree to which they encouraged innovation, established a platform for future technology developments and supported overall business goals such as improved customer experience. 

MatchWare's MindView 7 Mind Mapping Solution Features More than 25 Improvements

Tampa, FL (June 20, 2017) – MatchWare Inc. announced today that version 7 of its industry-leading mind mapping solution MindView is now available, and features more than 25 improvements, enhancements and upgrades that vividly illuminate ideas like never before.

Trusted by businesses, educational institutions and government organizations worldwide, MindView is a powerful, intuitive and simple-to-use solution, that enhances brainstorming, communication, decision-making, collaboration, meeting effectiveness, performance and productivity. Key added features in MindView 7 include:

SDL launches Trados GroupShare 2017 with enhanced security and collaboration

New features enable easier, effective and more secure teamwork across projects

WAKEFIELD, MA – February 6, 2017 – SDL (LSE:SDL) today announced the latest release of SDL Trados GroupShare 2017, giving project managers a wealth of new features to enhance the way they work and manage localization projects. The new version provides best-in-class collaboration tools to reduce translation professionals’ workloads, while empowering localization teams to work faster and smarter.

The Secret to Effectiveness for Virtual Teams

There’s a sea change going on – a quiet revolution in the way we work as teams. Successful virtual teams, without question, have been on the forefront of this change. But co-located teams are also beginning to reap the benefits of a new way of working.

When Meetings Ruled the Day

To decode the secret, let’s start by examining a simple concept that traditionally has been critical to teams:  meetings.

Interview with Brad Kain from Quoin about the UNFPA content management project

Jahia, provider of Java based open source CMS solutions, today announced that the United Nations Population Fund  (UNFPA) has selected Jahia CMS and partner Quoin to provide comprehensive support for UNFPA's international websites. The following is an interview with Brad Kain, Quoin co-founder and President.

Background Information: UNFPA is the United Nations Population Fund, an international development agency that promotes the right of every woman, man and child to enjoy a life of health and equal opportunity. UNFPA supports countries in using population data for policies and programs to reduce poverty and to ensure that every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is safe, every young person is free of HIV, and every girl and woman is treated with dignity and respect. The three core areas of their work - reproductive health, gender equality and population and development strategies - are inextricably related. Population dynamics, including growth rates, age structure, fertility and mortality, migration and more, influence every aspect of human, social and economic development. Reproductive health and women's empowerment powerfully affect, and are affected by, population trends. For each core area, UNFPA created large databases.

The Project

Interviewer: Hi Brad. Thanks for taking the time to sit down with us to discuss your latest win of the UNFPA content management project with Jahia CMS.  Tell us about the UNFPA website project.

Brad Kain: UNFPA is a leader in digital media within the UN, offices throughout the world with a global website, 7 regional portals and over 100 country websites.

Interviewer: So what does the integration project look like? How does this fit with Jahia’s mission and what can these sites achieve with assistance from Jahia CMS?

Brad Kain: Quoin recently won a three-year contract with the United Nations Population Fund (www.unfpa.org) to provide Jahia CMS support and site development. We will work with this global mission-driven client to redesign the organization, regional, and country web sites. Our onshore/offshore team is looking forward to providing rapid and effective development support as the UNFPA focuses on the use of social media to engage visitors.

Quoting IT: Call for Reform in Federal IT Management

"Information technology should enable government to better serve the American people. But despite spending more than $600 billion on information technology over the past decade, the Federal Government has achieved little of the productivity improvements that private industry has realized from IT. Too often, Federal IT projects run over budget, behind schedule, or fail to deliver promised functionality.

Quoting IT: Enterprise Collaboration

"Enterprise collaboration projects are almost always risky propositions. Storing and sharing information, potentially across departments and across the world, holds unquantifiable rewards for the business. Yet, if these rewards can't be realized by individuals, then the project risks failure."

- Matthew Sarrel, Tapping the Positive from Social Networks for Enterprise Collaboration, eWeek, November 15, 2010