The Importance of a Chief Technology Officer

Virtual CTO Have you ever wondered if you and your team are creating applications in the most efficient manner? Would you like to be able to use the newest technologies, but don't know how to get there? If you answered yes to either of these questions, then it might be time to have a process and architecture review. What better person to perform that review than a professional Chief Technology Officer (CTO). PDSA has the right expert to help your team create a roadmap to move from point A to point B.

In IT, we need to keep our team growing, keep our processes up-to-date, and continue to use newer technology. All of this can be done while still getting your day-to-day jobs finished. Having a good technology roadmap in place, and getting senior management to buy in to that roadmap is essential. This roadmap covers both the process by which you develop software and your software architecture. If you are lacking such a roadmap in your organization, then it is hard to get senior management let you work on learning new technology and implementing that in your applications. The result of this is your development team feels antiquated, and if you are not careful, they will start looking for another job where they can be challenged and allowed to work with new technologies. If they do leave, you are left with downtime while you bring new people up-to-speed on your applications. In the long run this costs you way more than spending a little bit of time learning new technologies.

The job of a CTO is to assess the new technologies to determine which ones fit best in your software architecture. The CTO comes up with a roadmap on how to best learn and apply these new technologies. In addition, the CTO presents the plan to both developers and senior management to get a buy in from each. Finally, the implementation details are laid out and implemented. The end result is keeping management happy by the IT department delivering business value, and keeping the developers happy by learning new technologies. A win-win for all concerned.

PDSA can help you via our Virtual CTO program. We work with you to set a budget you can live with, and to meet the goals described in this blog post. Call us today at (714) 734-9792 and ask for Michael Krasowski or Paul D. Sheriff. We are happy to give you a complimentary assessment of your needs, and provide you with a proposal for our services.

Duplicate Data Entry Wastes Time

Software Integration Have you purchased a lot of off-the-shelf software? Do you use a few different cloud systems? Would you like to eliminate duplicate data entry? Would you like roll-up-reports across all of these different systems? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then PDSA can help you.

We have successfully integrated hundreds of systems over the years. Most cloud systems have an API layer that we can take advantage of to enter data programmatically, or extract data for you. We can take the data from one system and automatically post them to your other systems. This will save you a lot of time and money. Your employees will be much happier too as they won't get bored entering the same data over and over.

Call for Complimentary Assessment

Contact us at (888) 899-7372 or (714) 734-9795 and ask for Paul Sheriff or Michael Krasowski and we will give you a complimentary assessment of how we can integrate your software packages.

Is Your IT Organization Adding Value To Your Business?

Organizational Assessment Does your IT organization have a Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) process written down and is it actually followed? How well are your processes working for your team? Are you delivering business value to your company? If you answered no to any of these questions, it is time for an IT Organizational Assessment.

There are over 9 areas that it is very important to look at to determine whether or not your IT organization is adding value to your company, or if it is just a cost center. You should look at how you take in work, how projects are developed and implemented, and how your organization is structured. All of these areas, and many more, should be part of a formal assessment process.

An assessment needs to capture the "as-is", what you want as the "future state" of your organization, and finally a well-defined "road map" of how you are going to get to that future state. It takes a seasoned professional to perform this assessment and guide your organization through the transistion. PDSA has the expert guides to assist you with this process. Our professional IT Organizational Assessment presents you with a set of findings, reasons, recommendations and remediation steps. We are here to assist you and your team become the best IT organization and add true value to your business. Contact PDSA, Inc. today to schedule a complimentary consultation where we can outline how we can assist your organization.

Shift Your KPI's to a Mobile Platform

Mobile Web Apps Is your boss asking you to make sure all your web applications look good on a mobile device? Is he looking for all his Key Performance Indicators (KPI) for his business to be displayed on his phone? If so, then you are ready to step up to HTML5, Angular, and Bootstrap. These technologies make it easy to create the responsive web application your boss wants. No need to create a native mobile app for applications like these. A mobile web application works just fine.

Like most technologies, there is a little bit of a learning curve, but that is where PDSA can help you. We have already built a ton of mobile web applications, so we can get your jumpstarted right away. Let us help you get started and you can work with us side-by-side so you learn the correct way to build responsive web applications.

Contact PDSA Today

For a complimentary assessment of your particular needs, call PDSA at (714) 734-9792 and ask for David Lefort or Michael Krasowski. We are happy to be of assistance.

Best Ways to Reduce Software Bugs

Reduce Bugs

Recently I had a mentoring client of mine ask me, what he thought was a simple question. “How do I make sure I don’t have bugs in my code?” That seems like such a simple question, but as we all know, there is no single answer to this question, if any answer at all. After all, we are all human, and we make mistakes. However, I did try to give him a little bit of advice from things that I have learned over the years. In this special report, I exam some of the ways to avoid bugs in our applications.

Read our special report entitled Best Ways to Reduce Software Bugs.

PDSA Announces a Complimentary Seminar on Project Planning

PDSA announces an informative and instructive complimentary seminar on Project Planning to be presented on Tuesday, May 17. In this PDSA seminar, we will define, discuss and provide examples for creating a project plan: your key to a successful project. You will also learn each step in creating a project plan, which includes the work breakdown structure, resourcing, estimation, scheduling and resource loading. In just a quick 45 minutes you will discover or enhance your project management planning skills to begin using immediately.


Presenter: Michael Krasowski, VP/COO PDSA Inc.

Date/time: May 17th, Tuesday, at 10am Pacific Time.

To sign up: send an email to David LeFort at davidl@pdsa.com or call him at 714-734-9792 x222.


** Space is limited so sign up now. **

 

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