Onshore Blog

Planning Your Development Team Capacity with Microsoft Team Services

Posted by Scott Janovitz

May 25, 2017 10:09:49 AM

Determining the capacity of your development team is an essential factor in planning for a successful upcoming project. Reliably knowing how much you can take on can help plan for the right number of resources, what you can outsource, and timelines for other projects in the more distant future, especially when using the Agile methodology. Figuring out capacity is very important, but it doesn’t have to be daunting!

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Topics: IT Development, Productivity, Management, methodology

Leading Business Transformation Via the I.T. Department

Posted by Scott Janovitz

May 11, 2017 2:12:46 PM

You’ve most likely noticed that about every business vertical is undergoing phenomenal technological changes, and companies are doing all they can to keep-up by leaning more on their IT departments to align with broad business goals. In this article, we will explore how some companies are using IT Service Management (ITSM) to turn things around in business to transform the way all we work and live.

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Topics: IT Development, organizational development, Productivity, Management, IT outsourcing

3 Steps to Wrangling All of Your Software Products

Posted by Scott Janovitz

May 4, 2017 10:33:05 AM

It can happen to businesses of any size. From your company’s CRM to its payroll and timekeeping systems to the marketing automation platform to any number of collaboration and project management tools, there seems to be an enterprise application software solution for just about any challenge a business can have. It is very common in companies of various industries to have dozens of enterprise systems in use in different departments, and the issue is only compounded when you throw in your proprietary and in-house legacy systems. Before you know it, your IT department has quite a tangle of passwords, custom configurations, updates, and integrations to handle. This leads to difficulties in using the enterprise tools efficiently, often leading to parallel controls with the use of spreadsheets or other tools for manual control, and ultimately a decrease in ROI on the software. Thankfully, there are some tactics for taming your jungle of EAS systems!

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Topics: organizational development, Productivity, Management, Benefits of Outsourcing, eas

The Importance of Employee Training 

Posted by Scott Janovitz

Feb 23, 2017 2:15:00 PM

With the IT landscape ever-changing, on-going training and development for employees is more important than ever to remain competitive and ensure organizational success. Providing all levels of employees the training they need not only enhances their skills, capabilities and knowledge for a particular role, it can also help create an environment where “never stop learning” is the mantra, which helps develop better thinkers and problem solvers who’ll provide quality job performance and quality work over the long term.

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Topics: Management

How to Keep Remote Teams Motivated

Posted by Scott Janovitz

Jan 12, 2017 1:55:26 PM

In today’s corporate environment, long gone is the thinking that to increase productivity or get projects completed on time and on budget it’s necessary for workforce teams to be located under the same roof. Also long gone is the theory that to keep motivation, morale and retention rates high, micromanaging teams is usually the best route to take.

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Topics: Management, Rural Outsourcing

Help Desk Staffing Zen: Finding the Balance

Posted by Scott Janovitz

Dec 1, 2016 1:14:13 PM

One of the most difficult daily dilemmas IT help desk managers face is determining the right number of service desk staff to meet their ever-fluctuating call volume needs.

With too few, help desk staff can become so overwhelmed with work that they are putting out fires not only during business hours, but also throughout the night and over the weekend. With too many staff, you are looking at a lost opportunity—meaning overstaffing the help desk is wasting a chunk of your budget that could be appropriated to another area and put to better use.

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Topics: IT Development, Productivity, Management

5 Best Practices on How to Manage Remote Teams

Posted by Scott Janovitz

Nov 3, 2016 10:15:00 AM

Managing teams of employees in different locations, different time zones and from different cultures can present challenges, but that doesn’t mean that business objectives can’t be met and productivity has to suffer.

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Topics: organizational development, Productivity, Management

5 Steps to Getting More Done with your I.T. Teams

Posted by Scott Janovitz

Oct 13, 2016 10:59:00 AM


With scope creep, shifting deadlines and resource reallocation, project managers face many clock-eating obstacles on the way to a successful deployment. Since adding more hours to the day is an impossible task, how about the next best thing: making the most of the hours in your day by getting the most productivity from your team? While that may also sound like an impossible task, it’s not. Effectively using your delegation skills and conducting skills assessment to better assign job responsibilities based on individual skill sets, will get your team working smarter, faster and more affordably. Here are 5 steps to take now to add accountability to your team to help get you across the goal line faster.

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Topics: Productivity, Management