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03/22/2010

Praecipio Consulting announced today that it has begun offering business-class cloud backup services powered by Asigra, providing superior data protection, security, automation and operational efficiency to businesses of all sizes. The advanced backup and recovery service eliminates the complex management, inconsistent backup quality and IT resources required by traditional approaches to backup, allowing reallocation of those resources for other strategic IT initiatives.

Praecipio Consulting now resells Asigra backup and recovery solutions to small, medium, and large enterprises.

Traditional approaches to business-class backup and recovery have not kept up with the exponential data growth, variances in information value and complexities within the IT environment. Organizations continue to waste precious resources on inconsistent backup and recovery operations when the process should be a routine task in today’s Cloud Computing era. Based on the Asigra Cloud Backup platform, Praecipio Consulting cloud backup eliminates the complexities and unreliability of both tape and alternative disk backup required for thorough, reliable and redundant data protection.

"We are pleased to offer our customers Asigra’s innovative Cloud Backup technology,” Praecipio Consulting President and Managing Partner Christian Lane said. “We seek to align our customer’s operational and conformance costs with their business strategy, increasing their efficiency and profit. Asigra Cloud Backup is a highly-efficient, low-cost solution for data storage in the cloud computing era.”

About Praecipio Consulting

Praecipio Consulting is a management and technology consulting firm with a large focus in IT and IT Operations. Since its founding in 2006, Praecipio Consulting has provided consulting services to a number of clients leveraging leading edge technologies and best practices such as ITIL to enable and align IT service delivery with business strategy. With its strong contingent of consulting backgrounds, Praecipio Consulting has managed to establish itself in the IT Service Management and custom software development consulting market.

For more information, contact Praecipio Consulting, 7301 RR 620 N. Ste. 155-143, Austin, TX 78726; Telephone 512-266-8271; http://praecipio.com.

In order to remain competitive, a firm’s IT environment must be aligned with the firm’s business strategy – meaning IT should share responsibility in delivering value to the customer.

This is why Change Management is so important: changes to the IT environment must not disrupt the value delivered to the customer. IT must maintain stability even during change. ITIL’s Change Management methodology provides a clear framework (with defined roles, responsibilities, and processes) that can facilitate success.

Change Management should be considered a major undertaking. Determining where your firm stands in terms of ITIL maturity and developing a realistic project plan will improve your ITIL effectiveness.

Here are 5 Change Management tips to consider:

1. What’s a change, exactly?
Reality check: changes happen all the time. Nearly everything in IT involves some sort of frequent change. That being said, it’s important to figure out just what you consider to be a change. You can then determine when to apply ITIL Change Management principles.

Every change (even small installations and deletions) should be handled in terms of Change Management. The smallest of changes could cause major disruptions if no one knows about them.

2. What, specifically, will Change Management accomplish for my organization?
It’s no surprise that some firms have trouble defining ITIL in general. Since ITIL methodology isn’t something you can learn on a coffee break, most IT and non-IT folks alike don’t have the time to study ITIL for days.

Even if someone understands ITIL, they may not understand how it applies to efficiency. Someone might think implementing Change Management will fix issues related to Release or Incident Management. Pinpointing what Change Management will accomplish for your organization is therefore vital to understanding what it’s actually doing – managing the oversight and approval aspects of the change process in a unique organization-specific environment.

3. Articulate the benefits of Change Management to each level of the organization.
This goes right along with our last tip. Once you pinpoint the applicative benefits Change Management will have for your organization, advertise them. Getting buy-in at every level of the organization is critical to the success of your ITIL implementation.

There are multiple stakeholder groups within every organization – that is, folks personally and organizationally affected by the change. They’ll want to know “what’s in it for me?” in order to judge whether they’re on board with the change. Presenting accurate change information tailored for each stakeholder fosters better accountability from stakeholder groups – and improves buy-in.

4. Don’t Buy a Tool Until You’ve Determined What You Need.
While it may make sense to buy software to guide your Change Management implementation, doing so before laying out your process framework is counter-productive.

A more productive approach includes determining your needs before adopting a tool, so you can better evaluate which tools fit your needs instead of adjusting your needs to your tool.

5. Use Change Management Success to Promote Other ITIL Initiatives.
Folks are usually familiar with the Change Management component of ITIL – and oblivious of its other processes. If you track your Change Management successes and gather supportive data from Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), you can use success stories to promote the benefits of other ITIL processes like Release Management, Incident Management, etc.

One final tip: It’s worth noting the incredible value and need for leadership/executive support in the Change Management process. It’s important for company leadership to sell and support the change despite resistance in the company to organizational and cultural change. Often times, Change Management implementations are resisted since they uncover underlying issues that some within the company don’t want to uncover. Ultimately, though, Change Management helps make everyone proactive and out of the reactive, fire-fighting mode.

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Image courtesy of Patrick Lane Photography.

At Praecipio Consulting, we love our name. Its meaning explains what we do. Most people, of course, have trouble orienting themselves with the name “Praecipio,” asking questions like:

  • “wait, how do you say it?”
  • “so, I’m curious – how do you spell that?”
  • “is it…Spanish?”

For starters, Praecipio is pronounced “Prey-sip-io.” The letters a and e are special in Praecipio. Together, the letters make up æ, a fundamental unit of the Latin and Old English alphabets. This integration of letters is significant, since the solutions we offer are an integration of knowledge and technology.

Praecipio is Latin for the English words anticipate, advise, and instruct. We chose the name because its meaning matches our meaning. Praecipio, by definition, is what we do.

We build and implement custom technology for our clients. With time, our solutions make processes run well, and capture valuable data points that explain the health of the business in terms of efficiency and profit.

These data points help clients anticipate and identify business processes with issues – execution issues or training gaps – enabling them to pinpoint spots for proactive improvement.

Our solutions, therefore, advise our clients on how to become efficient and sustainable – a long-term ROI from our services.

We instruct our clients by helping them develop, implement, and monitor their business processes. While some consulting firms implement a solution and quickly get out the door, stay committed to our clients by monitoring the performance of our solution and making tweaks to ensure the highest rate of success. We believe our clients should get the most out of their investment. Additionally, our solutions facilitate continuous improvement – and can be changed easily in the long-term as the business and economy fluctuate.

Our goal is to make our clients’ businesses run like well-oiled machines, whose productivity can be turned up and down without adversly affecting the firm’s budget. We develop our clients into consistent, sustainable businesses.

Praecipio’s meaning – both as a word and as a firm – is to help others…even if we’re just helping others spell our name.

At the center of every business are the employees who support a company’s success by performing necessary daily processes. In order to succeed, however, employees need to work together in an organized, effective manner, with a sophisticated understanding of how their processes operate and relate to one another. Without it, business process may be rendered inefficient.

To improve your business from a business process management (BPM) perspective, you must first document how processes are carried out within your company through process mapping. Mapping out your processes creates an organized understanding of how work is carried out in your company—the first step toward business efficiency.

The next step is implementing a software tool to capture and store these processes for you. Process management software—specifically software like Microsoft SharePoint— allows you to capture this process data from key data points and store it in a common database for employee access.

Once your processes are mapped, defined, and digitally documented with process management software, you can then build workflows into those processes that allow selected steps within them to be executed automatically. Process automation, or workflow automation, has an incredible impact on business efficiency by speeding up a process in an organized, methodical way.

For example:

  • Your business receives an order
  • Order is automatically sent to a processing clerk and stored on server
  • Order validation is handled automatically according to predetermined decision criteria (yes, no, pend)
  • Order travels down different paths according to decision criteria

Workflow-based processes also allow process management software to collect real-time information on employee performance. By embedding data collection points in workflows, employers can view dynamic data that makes it possible to gain a high-level perspective on company performance.

This describes our process management consulting capabilities in a nutshell: we help companies transition toward refined processes that can be repeated and monitored, making businesses more efficient and profitable long-term.

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Image courtesy of Patrick Lane Photography.