Assignment: Review of the software build- and deployment architecture (part of the software development environment)
Situation: Our client, a major European Insurance company based in Düsseldorf, has a very complex, 4-tier application infrastructure. Aim of the review was to shorten cycle time of software artifacts, to get stage containment in place and reduce build- und deployment efforts significantly.
Approach: We analyzed the as-is organization, processes and tools and proposed a set of technical and organizational measures.
- The target KPI’s were more time for developers to develop and test code (previously restricted by the long lead times for build and deploy) and much better quality in the user-facing test stages.
- The study resulted in a set of technical (i.e. more automation) as well as organizational actions. Return on investment will be approx. 5-6 months.
(03/2012 – 05/2012)
Price vs. productivity – one of my favorite topics! I have yet to see a project where the discussion, both internally as well as with the client does not come to ‘daily rates’ at some point during the deal. Certainly as soon as procurement gets involved, nothing else seems to matter anymore… Continue reading “Price vs. Productivity”
Automation in Software Engineering – I continue to be amazed how little even sophisticated clients invest in their software development architecture. These are the components that help design, code, test and deploy application software. Build, deploy, test data and quality management are often still the place for heros and massive efforts to get the software product out of the door. Continue reading “Automation in Software Engineering”
Senior solution architect for a comprehensive application development and -maintenance outsourcing program for a leading global life sciences company based in the Rhein-Main area.
(09/2011 – 11/2011) Continue reading “Solution Architect Application Outsourcing Pharma”
Deutsche Bank AG, Singapore (Turnaround Manager 03/2010 – 07/2010)
Assignment: Design, implement and run a utility service for software build and deployment (volume approx. 15 m€, 50 people).
Situation: Accenture’s aim was to automate the build and deployment processes for complex, global applications and then run these processes from their offshore center in Manila. The project was behind schedule; way above budget and client satisfaction was near zero. The team ran more than 25% attrition and was very frustrated when Mr. Kraft took over technology account leadership.
Approach: Review of contract, status, processes, organization and tooling. Mr. Kraft reorganized the team, exchanged key personnel, redesigned the client interaction and launched investments in real-time reporting (dashboards) and automation. In addition, Mr. Kraft helped the client address shortcomings on the Bank’s side.
- Project turned around in three months. Still running stable with green SLA’s today.
Re-establishing our presence at this client. Initial focus on consulting projects in the enterprise architecture space, then sales and delivery of systems integration projects with increasing offshore ratio.
(06/2005 – 07/2008) Continue reading “Account Lead Commerzbank AG”