Top line growth, reducing operational cost, increasing customer satisfaction and effective use of information for competitive differentiation are the top business priorities for the CEOs today. It is thus no surprise that the CIO's focus is surely shifting from techno-centric IT to Business-centric IT. To facilitate this journey, APLOMB brings together key IT consulting services that address aspects of reducing cost, increasing agility and enabling transformation. Our consulting offerings are based on an analytical approach to understand the business problems, resulting in practical recommendation and actionable plans. Our value proposition is based on a confluence of business knowledge, deep hands-on technology skills and a focused approach through the use of in-house methodologies, frameworks and tools.
Aligning IT with business objectives and ensuring that it generates maximum business value, is a primary goal of a CIO. In today's fast track IT environment, it is not unusual to observe that about 75-80% of an organization's IT budget is spent on Application management / maintenance. In addition, over the years, legacy applications have become the operational and knowledge backbone of organizations. They are non-negotiable and crucial to business survival. Market research estimates that more than 70% of corporate data still resides on legacy systems. In such a scenario, managing key assets like the Application Portfolio of an organization at an optimal level of efficiency is an important aspect of aligning IT to business.
At APLOMB we believe that Application Portfolio Management is not just about running multiple enhancement projects or maintaining applications. In a strategic initiative, that IT and business groups should jointly plan and execute, each asset in the Portfolio needs to be assessed in terms of its business value and "Total cost of ownership". Similar to a financial portfolio, the application portfolio must be monitored and re-valued continuously and altered to suit the enterprise's business goals.
Using a workshop driven approach APLOMB subject matter experts will collaborate with you and help:
In the current business climate, Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) has emerged as a potentially attractive solution for helping enterprises to become more flexible in achieving the vision of a collaborative and process centric organization. Designed from a services perspective and implemented as a set of loosely coupled systems, an SOA can help enterprises integrate disparate applications.
As you get ready to re-look at your enterprise IT infrastructure as part of your modernization exercise, with a view to enable business process flexibility at an incremental cost, APLOMB can help you with our spectrum of SOA consulting services.
APLOMB takes a structured approach to delivery, and draws on its years of expertise in architecture and design, skill-sets on various standards, technologies and platforms related to J2EE, .NET, Web Services, MOM, CORBA, Integration, BPM and Security, as well as industry domain knowledge to deliver high value to customers. APLOMB has developed migration methodologies, templates and an Enterprise Architecture Framework based on the Zachman framework, to move existing applications to a service-oriented model.
Our SOA consulting offerings encompass assessment, planning, architecture design, development, implementation and governance.
We develop prototypes for early validation of approach, architecture for non-functional requirements, identification and evaluation technology choices and implementation strategy.
Based on .J2EE, .Net, Web services technology ESB, MOM, EAI, Application server products and SOA tools.
The inherent complexity in Service Oriented Architecture implementations demands a detailed testing process which would include process, code and design reviews apart from unit and regression testing for processes and services with the help of integrated testing framework. APLOMB's SOA consulting strategy is as follows:
As increased competition and continuous pressure to enhance shareholder value drive organizations to continuously augment and ameliorate their products and services. There is also a heightened need for enterprises to comply with changing regulations and adopt good governance practices. Enterprises which hope to survive in this fiercely competitive environment need to be highly efficient, effective, agile and flexible. This is possible only if processes which underpin an enterprise function exhibit these traits.
These and other challenges are driving the adoption of 'process approach' in enterprises. The advantage of taking a process centric approach has been well-documented and most organizations having a process framework in place have reported an increase in operational efficiencies, customer satisfaction and corporate profits.
The 'Process framework' or business process approach tends to look at the value chain business process and seeks to optimize this by driving out inefficiencies due to sub optimal processes to design an end to end optimized process.
APLOMB's Business Process Management (BPM) solution enable enterprises to incorporate KPI driven, process centric agile solutions that help organizations address need for end-to-end visibility, process discipline, process flexibility and process management.
To comply with the Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) Act, most organizations have completed the documentation of internal controls environment, financial reporting process documentation, controls design and testing during the last two years. However, maintaining compliance maturity while improving compliance processes makes it imperative for organizations to have an institutionalized and robust compliance sustenance framework.
APLOMB has extensive experience in making global corporations SOX compliant. Based on the COSO and COBIT risk management frameworks, APLOMB's SOX sustenance methodology enables organizations to sustain and improve their year on year SOX compliance. APLOMB's Six-Sigma based SOX sustenance methodology has a well-defined process that ensures continuous improvement of compliance processes. APLOMB leverages its global delivery model and its compliance process manager tool (APLOMBM) for SOX sustenance to give significant cost effectiveness.
APLOMB is a compliance process repository and manager, developed by APLOMB to automate and streamline management of SOX compliance. APLOMB gives an "online, multisite" compliance automation framework to create an assessment methodology, plan the execution, execute the assessment, collate and analyze the collected data, and create analytical reports to ensure a professional, hassle free and clean assessment experience for the customer. APLOMB stores the assessment methodologies, which can be modified, reused, recreated to be used for another business situation. APLOMB has built-in process templates as a knowledge base.
KPIs defined in the earlier phase are measured through testing and the compliance process is improved through an analysis of the test results.
APLOMB is uniquely positioned to deliver SOX compliance and sustenance solutions. Our key differentiators include:
In the world of empowered consumers and stiff market competition, businesses need to be flexible, right-timed and offer their products and services at the lowest cost to get a sustained business advantage in the market. Needless to say, the business and IT need to be strategically aligned.
In this context, enterprises are increasingly realizing the need for having enterprise-wide architecture (EA) and governance structure in place that can help the organization to gain agility, interoperability within enterprise-wide resources, reduced information latency, reuse and above all reduced 'total cost of ownership'.
APLOMB's Enterprise Architecture Services help you address the challenges you face in defining and moving from your "as-is" Enterprise Architecture to a "to-be" state that meets the organization's strategic goals.
Using a workshop-based approach, and frameworks such as TOGAF and Zachman, our Consultants help you define an EA roadmap that's tailor-made for your organization.
We help you to create the EA reference model and the governance model that enables you to translate your strategic goals to an implementable EA. This includes designing frameworks and methodologies, guidance on technology roadmap and infrastructure planning, and EA program design
Given that any EA exercise starts with a top level view and if not translated to an implementation ready state, has the risk of remaining at an academic level. APLOMB Consultants therefore work with you to collaboratively set up project-specific guidelines and processes for adoption and compliance.
Organizations have, over the years, adopted a diverse mix of offshore options. These options have mainly been either a selective offshoring and/or an Offshore Development Centre (ODC) with focus on a single- or a multi-vendor approach. To date, the predominant drivers for offshorization has been cost, quality, easier access to required technical talent, faster ramp-up and accelerated delivery.
However, any offshore strategy formulated around achieving these benefits, has been adding little or nothing when it comes to ensuring the alignment of IT with business. Various industry research estimates that 80% of IT budgets go into maintaining existing applications, leaving only 20% for new projects. In addition, economic and regulatory frameworks over the last few years have resulted in several emerging challenges for organizations. Such dynamic considerations have made it imperative for them to assess the financial viability of their IT portfolio. With most organizations' applications being supported from offshore, it is very important to have business-IT alignment as a part of their offshore strategy. In addition, the selection of an appropriate offshore engagement model also becomes a key issue as organizations go forward on the Transformational Offshore Outsourcing Path. Though traditionally, organizations have been concentrating on ODC as the only possible solution, there has to be a focus on other engagement models (like BOT, JV, Captive, etc.) as a part of their evaluation process.
APLOMB has been instrumental in developing long-term offshore strategies for their large customers. Based on our experience of setting-up and managing large ODCs for clients, our involvement has been right from the conceptualization stage. APLOMB plays a major role in developing the transition roadmap to enable effective implementation of a long-term offshore outsourcing strategy.
APLOMB's Offshore Consultancy and Advisory Services can help you develop an effective offshore strategy with key focus on the following issues:.
Today, adoption of emerging and innovative technology is increasingly happening for realizing business benefits and technology is no longer seen as a "differentiator" in a globally competitive landscape. End customers want breakthrough solutions at lower cost, with the result that technology investment and adoption is increasingly becoming a line function. At the same time, business groups face the challenge of lack of subject matter experts and processes by which to induct newer technologies and solutions into the existing IT landscape and measure the success.
APLOMB has a proven track record and deep skills in the process and practice of technology adoption and change management, starting from evaluation, solution engineering to adoption, be it a technology, software tool, an emerging technology standard, a mobile product or simply an emerging architectural pattern for IT enablement.
We offer the following Technology Advisory and Adoption services which address niche requirements from conceptualization and development to rollout