Are you asking these questions before making the move to Cloud?

Cloud is all the rage and businesses are moving to AWS, Azure, Google and others in droves.

Are you simply following the path of your competitors or peers? Or are you making an informed decision?

Here are some critical questions to answer, before you consider moving your business operations to any cloud.

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Does it make Financial sense?

There is no better time to move to cloud. The cost of cloud infrastructure is plummeting and it is all great news for the business cloud software providers. Their Software as a service offerings provide much more value for your money.

However, add up the subscription costs of all your various cloud apps you will need before you make the move.

What are you spending on your IT people, IT Infrastructure and insurances?

What help you need to move your operations to the cloud without impacting the business?

Remember Cost and Price are very different things. Something that is priced low may cost you a lot more in the long run. So, it is important to run your numbers for the foreseeable future and check that they stack up.

Does it meet your Security needs?

Not all your business operations can be moved to cloud on day one. Some aspects should not be moved at all. But, most can be and some should be.

There are sensitivie aspects of your business that should remain much more closely guarded. But, ask the question whether your external hard disk is the right place to safely store your critical information?

Does it concern you if your customer data get exposed on the internet? Will that concern become more amplified if you move all your data to cloud?

Will it Improve Productivity?

With a global market and a dynamic workforce, we all need flexible systems to work effectively. If your employees can contribute to revenue generation from anywhere and at any time, then that ought to help your top line.

Does your current setup of business support systems allow for this? Would Cloud provide better support for it?

Will it help run the business your way?

The last thing you need with any so called improvement is to lose control of your business.

You may have put processes in place to run your business your way. And that setup may have to change.

This is probably a good time to re-evaluate or re-engineer some old ways of doing things.

It is okay to keep what works though.

If the the move to cloud helps your business to run as per your vision and enhances the company culture, the move will benefit your business.

Will it help your business grow?

By moving to Cloud, will you be able to serve your customers better? Can you expand into new territories? Can you scale your offerings with new products and services? Does it help you innovate faster?

A business that doesnt grow, will die quickly.

Any strategic move such as taking your operations to Cloud will have to help you grow. If you think it doesnt in the immediate future then do not move.

If you need help with perfoming a bias free impact analysis on the potential move of your business operations to cloud, please contact us via cloud@jeylabs.com

We are here to help.

How to Accelerate your success with K2 projects?

K2 has been used by many global organisations as a reliable business apps platform to streamline operations. More than 1.5 million users in over 84 countries – including 30 of the Fortune 500 companies – use K2 to improve operational efficiency.

I have personally worked with some great organisations and well known brands on these projects over the years. Our gloabl teams at jEyLaBs has been delivering K2 projects for over 8 years now and our K2 Centre of Excellence has been growing in numbers year on year.

Successful Project delivery is all about understanding the stakeholders, their changing needs and managing the challenges that comes along during the project. A very well decorated Project management professional told me this years ago. He also told me that any PM is only as successful as the last project she managed.

Statistics say that General IT project activity is on the rise and so are the project failures. Over 33% of all projects reported have been failed. The point is 1 in every 3 projects are failing. This is not a good thing.

Bulk of our experience delivering K2 projects has been rescuing those failing or failed projects. This gives us a unique perspective and insights into project failures and how best to deliver projects when it comes to K2 technology. jEyLaBs regularly hosts events on this topic.

Here’s my tip. Delivering success is all about the timing. Acceleration of delivery is the essence here. Deliver it now and deliver it daily. jEyLaBs Deliver Daily methodology is all about this.

If you accelerate your small successful pieces of delivery you will ultimately succeed with the project.

We believe in running Project specific training, using Project Specific tools such as PowerToolz for K2 and following tailored best practices to suit your team and tasks.

If you are keen about accelerating your K2 project success, please drop me a line at k2success@jeylabs.com

A Universal Approach to Great Success in Any Services Industry.

I was inspired by an article I read recently about recruitment. This post is predominantly a take on that. It is not surprising that how this content can be applied to virtually any service industry.

Here’s is how you could become a Great IT Consultant. The same Traits I encourage you to develop, apply to many service industries.

The 7 Traits of The Great IT Consultant  

I’ve worked with many Consultants in my IT consulting career.

During the last 20+ years, I’ve met some of the best and most inspirational IT consultants and had the privilege of working with them in many exciting, ground breaking and challenging projects.

I’ve also seen some duds too. Consultants, who can tell a good story but have no real skills to back it up on the battlefield.

From these encounters, I can tell you that there are 7 traits that distinguish the best IT Consultants from the rest.

They are:

1) The Great IT Consultant is a Giver

The Great IT Consultants openly share their knowledge and experiences. They willingly give advice. They dont hold on to secrets to keep them employed.

They are not afraid of the competition or any perceived threats. They truly believe in empowering others to be great at their jobs and lives.

2) The Great IT Consultant delivers outcomes daily

To put it bluntly, great consultants don’t muck around. They don’t complain. They dont bullshit. They simply deliver daily.

Great Consultants don’t burn bridges. They don’t think short term – they are able to win repeat business from the people they want to work with.

By delivering quality outcomes they not only generate repeat business but they also generate quality referrals.

3) The Great IT Consultant develops specialised skill sets 

Generalist IT consulting was dead and buried.

Great consultants are subject matter experts. They specialise in niche areas like K2.

They know their market intimately and understand its intricacies. Needless to say, they have developed strong networks in their space.

They can advise their clients on technology trends. They know the latest industry developments. They know the right people and can reach out accordingly.

They constantly train and form the habit of continually researching their industry to identify these trends and developments.

4) The Great IT Consultant has built up Resilience

IT consulting is one of the toughest jobs you can do.

It is very demanding. When you are a Consultant, You are actually an analyst, coder, tester, presales engineer, PM, support guy and the Infrastructure guy. You have to work hard and be smart.

I have had way too many late nights and missed family dinners thanks to my work. I love it so much I have no regrets.

Clients and users make you work very hard for your money and won’t necessarily appreciate your work. You are the first to get blamed for anything that goes south.

If you look for validation from others then you are not a great Consultant yet.

The successful consultants are able to bounce back quickly from adversity.

5) The Great IT Consultant actively builds lasting relationships

Consulting is a game of people. You have to be able to work with all sorts of people.

So you need to be able to build relationships with a variety of people. These relationships are to be built both internally and externally.

Externally, you are able to recognise and then focus on building extremely strong relationships with the Clients by helping them achieve outcomes.

Consultants live and die by their word.

The Great Consultants also don’t waste time working with people and companies that don’t deliver on what they promise.

Internally, they have the habit of working with colleagues and managers to build mutually beneficial relationships that deliver results.

6) The Great IT Consultant has abundance of energy and enthusiasm

No one likes being around lazy or negative people.

If you are a consultant having unlimited energy and enthusiasm is a must. They exercise and keep fit. They read good books and keep great company. 

If they are sick they take the day off. They don’t come to work unless they are a00%. It is also not wise to infect your coworkers. 

People want to work with people they like. Positivity and enthusiasm are contagious. So is negativity. The Great IT Consultants never gossip.

Successful consultants have the habit of applying energy and enthusiasm consistently to all their daily activities.

7) The Great IT Consultant knows the power of Leverage

The Great IT Consultants know that they don’t know everything or have all the answers.

They are the first to ask for help, say that they don’t know and admit to their mistakes. They also never repeat the same or similar mistakes.

They do this with great care. They reach out to the right people and the right time in the right way.

They also know how to return a favour.

So, If you want to be that Great IT Consultant, develop these traits intentionally.

PowerToolz 4.7.0.3 – Making Your K2 More Exciting

jEyLaBs mission is to empower people to make the most of their time at work. PowerToolz 4.7.0.3, enhances the users’ overall K2 experience while simplifying many steps.

Upgrade to PowerToolz 4.7.0.3 to administer and manage your K2 even faster using the following new features:

SmartForms Action User Functionality – Impersonating as a Different User

Using PowerToolz 4.7.0.3 the default Action User can impersonate as a different Action User so you only need to log in once when testing a process with multiple users. This saves you time and no frustration logging in as different users and remembering long passwords or forgeting them and locking those accounts  out 🙂

It used to be the case that, you need to log in as the user when testing a SmartForms app. If the App had 5 different approver users, you need to open 5 browser sessions and log in 5 times. Not the case any more!

The “Action User” can be selected from either:

  • The K2 SmartObject for Active Directory Users
  • Active Directory

SmartToolz – New User Interface

PowerToolz now includes SmartToolz, an easy to operate user interface. This enables non-technical people to complete tasks in PowerToolz.

This was developed using K2 smartforms and will now allow mass adoption of PowerToolz in your organisation.

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SmartToolz can be used with K2 4.6.11 and later versions only. If you need help upgrading let us know by emailing us (empower@jeylabs.com.au) 

Request an evaluation of PowerToolz (http://powertoolz.com.au/eval) to accelerate your K2 project success.

How are you testing your K2 apps?

How are you testing your K2 applications? If your answer doesnt include any automation, you really need to read this post.

Most organistation we speak to on a daily basis are under pressure to:

  • deliver high quality solutions on time and on budget
  • manage K2 efficiently
  • ensure your K2 environment and applications are performing optimally

But they lack a single solution to automate tests and effectively manage their K2 environments.

In addition, we see our clients spending money on manual testing, administration and troubleshooting that is only going to increase every year.

This is an unnecessary drain on IT, not only for their high costs but also for the scarce resources needed to maintain these systems.

A complication is that IT relies on traditional methods (manual testing and no regression testing) that are not only inadequate, but that have in fact added to the complexity and cost of IT development.

To compound the issue, the business loses faith in IT due to inconsistent application delivery.

The implications to relying on these traditional methods are:

  • slow, costly application delivery
  • bug ridden applications
  • risk of non-compliance if functionality is not correctly maintained
  • no time to react when systems are down
  • the loss of confidence from the business to commission IT to develop more applications

There are some key benefits to test automation when it comes to K2 apps.

These benefits span the entire user population including Information users, Administrators, Testers and App designers/developers.

Users appreciate the quality of deployments that Test automation brings. There is nothing painful like a deployment of an app update that gone wrong. Users will have to deal with the roll back and put up with a broken application.

K2 Administrators can utilise test scripts to monitor health of all K2 apps and their components. All your SmartObjects, their backend services, Forms, views, and workflow processes need careful monitoring. Admins can also troubleshoot and confidently amend process instances to reduce manual rework by users.

The key benefits for Testers include reducing errors with test setup. A consistent set of regression test cases is the ultimate goal of any test automation effort. The ability to compare test case performances through reporting and rapid turnaround with additional test case creation is priceless.

The changes and updates are part of the App lifecycle. It is actually a healthy sign of an app actually being used. But, you need to be ready to ensure the quality of the change is as expected. Test automation gives you this ability.

Developers and App Designers with access to test automation software that is purpose built for their app platform comes out as the real winners. They enjoy all the benefits of the user groups I mentioned and more. They get to use the tools very productively while they are developing the application too. This allows them to use the test cases as design aid and confirm and validate logic and changes.

Using PowerToolz for K2, Unit testing of K2 workflows can be scripted. SmartObject and K2 SmartForm interactions can be scripted. Reproducing process state across Dev/test/production environments can be scripted. Environment clean up can be scripted. Even the test script deployments can be scripted.

This ability to script gives you the power to reuse, share and also schedule execution. PowerToolz automates many aspects of K2.

PowerToolz is the only comprehensive test automation tool available for K2 that ensures integrity and quality of your critical business apps built on K2.

The benefit to your organisation is:

  • you will save time and money allowing you to build more apps or re-invest elsewhere
  • produce more reliable applications
  • ensure systems are up and running when the business requires them
  • instil confidence within the IT department

To download an evaluation version of PowerToolz, click here : http://www.powertoolz.com.au

 

Is your Active Directory letting you down?

Unfortunately, AD/AAD doesn’t maintain itself. Without accurate AD data your apps will fail.

We have seen this time and time again. We build a SharePoint application or a K2 workflow that loads user information from Active Directory to route a task or send a notification. App works in Dev and Test but fails miserably in UAT or even worse in Production.

All successful business applications and workflows rely on a well maintained database of employee and contractor personal and profile information. The source of truth is usually Microsoft Active Directory or Azure Active Directory.

Unfortunately, AD/AAD doesn’t maintain itself.

Company restructure, people being hired, fired and promoted all lead to information becoming out of date. People do not automatically update this information as they do not see it as relevant. If prompted by company policy, the process is usually time consuming and complicated.

How do you solve this?  Check out this smart solution – https://www.jeylabs.com/hyperfish

How Does it Work?

Hyperfish uses new technologies such as machine learning, advanced analytics, and Hyperbot™ technology to dramatically improve directory content in three phases:

1) ANALYZE

Hyperfish constantly monitors directories for inconsistent, invalid, aged, and missing information identifying what needs to be updated or verified. 

2) SUGGEST

By searching profile information across internal networks, public data sources, and social networks, Hyperfish gathers suggestions to make it easier for users to validate and add information.

3) COLLECT

Hyperfish individually reaches out to users to request and validate information via a personalized email request based on the information required and user preferences.

Directory updates can then be automatically applied or sent to an Administrator for approval.

Hyperfish makes it super easy to keep information such as phone numbers, reporting lines, and profile pictures fresh with little to no IT overhead.

Try a free analysis here : https://app.hyperfish.com/?campaign=jEyLaBs

Are you achieving the best outcomes?

Are you Getting the best ROI from your K2 investment?

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Accelerate your success with our K2 Assistance Programs.

Common Problems

  • Limited technical K2 talent
  • Maintaining and updating K2 applications
  • Development costs
  • K2 application and environment quality assurance
  • K2 administration
  • Insufficient reporting capability
  • Aligning your business strategy with your IT investment

Our Solution – K2 Assistance Programs by jEyLaBs

  • Tailored Online K2 Training
  • Tailored K2 Support Packages
  • K2 Onshore and Offshore Resourcing
  • PowerToolz for K2 for Test Automation
  • Reveal data insights with Power BI integration
  • Business Coaching – How to Deliver K2 Successfully
  • General K2 Consulting

Benefits

  • K2 training at your own pace
  • K2 experts looking after your K2 environment
  • Reduce your K2 development costs
  • Instil confidence with solid QA
  • Deliver on time and on budget
  • Make informed decisions with reliable data
  • Solid ROI for your K2 investment

Contact us NOW to Accelerate your success with our K2 Assistance Programs.