WHAT TYPES OF PROJECTS BENEFIT MOST FROM PROJECT MANAGEMENT SERVICES?

The list of projects undertaken by an SMB that can benefit from dedicated, professional Project Management services is growing for a number of reasons. They include digital transformations pushing companies into technical areas for which they lack in-house skills. Another is the demand for leaner business operations, greater accountability and cost efficiency. Acquiring Project Management services is also a good idea when the delivery and goals of a project have a very specific or tight window of opportunity.

Some tasks and initiatives where businesses are now commonly looking for distinct…


Business Owners and executives of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMBs) have great instincts. They see the big picture, the competitive landscape, and manifest business courage to propel their objectives. They evolve ideas, evaluate the inputs and outputs required to achieve them, look for flaws, until eventually one stands out as extremely compelling.

After careful consideration, the business commits, and its leaders collectively press GO. One of them — typically the head of the business unit receiving the idea outcome or product — is anointed the Project Owner and the champion of the initiative. Excitement is high, the vision is clear…


Part 1 of our information security article focused on defining and discussing the importance of a proper security posture for small and medium sized businesses. Now let’s review the potential costs of doing so.

Is infosec possible for budget-minded businesses? If hiring a full-time chief information security officer (CISO) or information security analyst is too expensive, and employees don’t have the time or knowledge to handle infosec themselves, what are SMBs to do? Some mistakenly believe that moving their IT operations to a public cloud provider like AWS or Microsoft Azure will take security problems off their plate. This is…


The IT Security fears that keep companies up at night are particularly pressing lately in the area of information security — commonly referred to as infosec — which primarily revolves around securing data from unauthorized access. An ever-expanding attack surface, novel threat types, high-profile data breaches in the news and new privacy legislation like GDPR and CCPA have many companies questioning whether they have their infosec act together.

In an exacerbating twist, the escalating squeeze on data security and compliance comes at a time when data analytics to improve marketing, sales and product strategies is all the rage. Many are…


Why do businesses outsource? There are more reasons than the chorus of “cost cutting” would have it. Obviously, reducing spend may be one of them, but there are many others. It depends in part on what they are outsourcing. Large corporations may outsource key activities, like manufacturing or supply chain management. Other businesses and entrepreneurs may outsource peripheral tasks so they can focus more on core competencies. There are many such tasks that go into running the engine of business each day, such as: bookkeeping, accounting, call-center operations, human resources, logistics and shipping, and infrastructure maintenance — or, if you…


The debate over test-driven development and behavior-driven development has been breaking out in blog posts, hackathons, and enterprise IT departments since the mid-2000s. To this day, there are plenty of diehard proponents on both sides. Given the degree to which both business and software landscapes have evolved, the time is ripe to revisit the topic and ask: How do these development approaches contribute to the agile, software-centric, customer-obsessed state so many businesses in 2020 strive to achieve through digital transformation initiatives? Does one stand over the other in the new day-to-day business reality?

First, let’s address a small semantic issue…


There are plenty of ways to successfully promote your business, but one of the simplest and most cost-effective is to engage in cross-promotion with other entities who have audiences that are a) relevant to your business, and b) as large, or larger, than yours.

What is Cross Promotion?

Cross promotion is simply an agreement by two companies to promote one another. Sometimes, in the case of in-brand promotion, it happens when two different products from the same company promote each other. We see examples of cross promotion all the time. Simply linking to another’s website that links back to your own (how very meta)…


What It Is, Why It Matters, & How COVID-19 Could Bring It to a Business Near You

Broadly defined, field data collection is the gathering of any information that a business cannot access from within its own walls. Although, sometimes — as in the case of hospitals, for example — it technically does take place within the business. It may take the form of asset inspections, compliance testing for health and safety regulations, consumer surveys, property appraisals, etc. It enables businesses to amass a comprehensive knowledge base, adhere to local, state and federal laws, make lending decisions, manage costs, make timely repairs, better serve customers, and so on.

Even if you don’t often think about field data…


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Sitting down and manually testing all three layers of an application even once, let alone each time a small code change is made, would be time consuming, boring, and certainly not the best use of a QA team member or quality manager’s time. Perhaps some people still envision software testing this way, and are understandably loath to commit their time to it, and this is why there are lots of apps glitching and sputtering their way through the world right now. The reality is that the technology available for automated testing is now advanced enough to briskly test all three…

Mike Harvey

Mike is the founder of CMH Works, LLC and has been an IT Executive, Chief Architect and Web Developer for over 25 years

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