What becoming PMP certified means to me

There is a point in many Project Manager’s careers where they are considered certified “Project Manager Professional” (PMP®) according to the world’s leading professional associations for project management; Project Management Institute (PMI®). This certification takes time, dedication, experience and mentored guidance to see it through and should not be taken lightly. The title of PMP® after my name is something I have been striving toward for years. With the guidance that the ImageSource family has provided along with the experience through ILINX implementations, I am now merely a few weeks away from achieving my goals rather than years. I have heard that the upcoming test is going to be difficult, tricky and challenging, but I know that with the support of my mentors at ImageSource and the knowledge I have gained through ECM technologies, I will pass with flying colors.

If you are a Project Manager looking to become PMP certified, you can find more information about testing, registering and more here!

Jen Hilt
Project Manager
ImageSource, Inc.

Does Agile Foster Innovation?

The Project Management Institute held a conference today called “Project Management Success: A View from the Future”. The keynote speaker, Jim Highsmith, an Agile thought leader and executive consultant at ThoughtWorks, Inc. posted a slide asking the question “Does Agile Foster Innovation?”

The slide referenced these items about the company Salesforce.

  • Ranked #1 innovator by Forbes magazine 2011, 2012, 2013
  • 5 year average sales growth – 39.5% (2012)
  • 5 year average net income growth – 78.7 (2012)
  • 140 Agile teams in 2011
  • Per Steve Green , VP technology program management
    • Agile 7+ years
    • All in approach (25 teams to start)
    • Other departments (R&D, Operations, Marketing)
    • Over 100,000 automated acceptance tests
    • Steve Green – ” Agile is the foundation of our innovation”

What are your thoughts on this? Do you use Agile methodologies in your company to manage projects? Is your company more or less innovative using Agile methodologies?

Al Senzamici, PMP
Program Manager
ImageSource, Inc.

How to choose the best ECM solution for your organization

As a Project Manager at ImageSource, it is my job to educate and guide stakeholders to the best solution based on budget, timelines and requirements. Having previously worked as a consultant at ImageSource, I’ve worked with the stakeholders of an organization to outline the scope of an Enterprise Content Management (ECM) solution for their business. During this process, our project management team conducts interviews of the users as well as workshops. The workshops help to demonstrate what is necessary for the organization to become more efficient rather than having unnecessary features, which, at times, can cause more work. As ECM technology continues to advance, more and more features become available and included in products. During the workshops, stakeholders must make tough decisions on what features are needed verses those that would just be nice to have.

Once these requirements are identified, our next objective is to review the products available, such as ILINX, IBM and Oracle, that will cover all the features the business needs to become more efficient. Currently on the market are several out-of-the-box software options that may fulfill some of the requirements needed. However, most organizations, small or large, have business processes that are unique and require configurable workflow options, database links and/or specific security requirements. Software that has this functionality ranges in licensing costs, software costs and implementation costs. It is important to have the requirements clearly identified from the beginning so that when the organization begins to review the software demos and proof of concepts, the best and most cost efficient solution is selected.

Jen Hilt
Project Manager
ImageSource, Inc.

ImageSource Migrates State Retirement System from Legacy ECM to ILINX ECM

ImageSource recently upgraded a state retirement agencies’ legacy content management system to an ILINX platform; utilizing ILINX Capture for imaging, ILINX Content Store for their repository and ILINX Advanced Report Management (ARM) for COLD report processing. The ILINX product suite provided this organization with a cost-effective alternative to upgrading their legacy system that has met or exceeded all imaging requirements they had with their previous system. The ImageSource professional services team successfully utilized our project management methodologies to analyze business processes, engineer a new system with the latest technologies and execute a smooth transition from one system to the next without missing a beat.

The organization had over two million images to migrate from the old repository to ILINX Content Store. ILINX Export, software developed by ImageSource to extract, convert and migrate data and documents from ECM systems, along with stringent project management and auditing methodologies ensured every critical document was readily available in the new system.

ILINX Capture and ILINX Content Store integrated with the public employees’ internal retirement system, providing image enablement with one-click retrieval for related files, the ability to launch ILINX Capture from the internal retirement system and a contribution link for Microsoft Word documents. The imaging system also integrates with the website for direct import of information received from the “contact us” section.

The organization has completely moved to the ILINX platform and is thrilled with how easy the new system was to learn from both an administration and end-user standpoint. Organization employees were also impressed with the migration process, the project management methods and documentation and are excited about the strong ImageSource partnership going forward.

Debbie Horton
Project Manager
ImageSource, Inc.

How to Increase ECM Team Efficiency

In the course of doing some work for one of our partners – we were asked to take a look at the existing workload for their ECM team.  This particular ECM team has done a great job maintaining and integrating ECM components from a variety of vendors.  As typical in such an environment – we found that everyone on the team had primary support duties for at least one component, and was involved in customer support issues or updating /enhancing one or more of the company’s ECM products on pretty much a daily basis.  Continue reading

The Value of Internal Project Meetings

One piece of advice I received from a Project Management course on Leadership taught by Dr. James T. Brown was to kick off every project with your internal project team. Review the dos and don’ts, expectations and rules, communication styles and formats, roles and responsibilities. This enables every project team member to understand the project direction, management style, and expectations. Continue reading

The Power of the Presentation

One area of Project Management that I feel is often overlooked is the presentation of information.  This applies to both presenting to your immediate project team members as well as the project stakeholders.  The value of providing good presentations to your audience reinforces their confidence in you as the Project Manager, and it also builds credibility within the Project Team.

I recently attended a class on Presentation Skills provided by Dr. James Brown.  He stressed a number of points that I believe are the key to the successful delivery of a presentation, and here are my top takeaways:

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