Hello, my name is Juliette Paquin – Julie for short. I will be taking over for my colleague, Randy Wilcox in contributing to this blog from the ECM Lab Services point of view. Lucky for us, Randy will continue to share his expertise within the community, but will be changing the focus of his blog to cover Text Analytics and ECM.
A little bit about myself, I have over 24 years of experience in IT application development and consulting, with more than half of my career spent working within ECM. Since joining IBM in 1997, I’ve held a number of roles across 2 divisions, working first in Global Business Services and now in Software Group Lab Services. I’ve helped customers across many industries to define ECM solutions to fit their needs, and I’ve helped IBMers define repeatable offerings to assist customers in implementing ECM software.
Content management solutions are so much more than just the technology. Don’t get me wrong, we could do nothing without the underlying ECM platform. I know from many years of experience, however, that it takes so much more to be successful. I intend to discuss some of the supporting activities for ECM deployment and some of the considerations for how to complete the implementation.
In chatting with Randy, I know that he did not get a chance to complete his multi-part series on ECM Shared Services. I intend to work with Randy to get that series completed so that none of you are left hanging (I know you’ve been on the edge of your seats!). Look for Part 3 to be available shortly.
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In Part 2, Randy spoke of the process to identify ECM CC services packages and tiers. During that exercise the services were prioritized based on the project pipe line when the services will be needed. In this part, I will focus on developing a staffing plan to deliver and support the planned services and projects. There are a number of activities that must be understood to develop a well thought out staffing plan. First the organization needs to establish a project concurrency capacity objective. The number of concurrent projects will determine the number of resources and skills mix needed to deploy solution leveraging the ECM CC Community services.
Once the number of concurrent projects is determined, then the information gathered in the Evaluate Current State step of the roadmap can be used to define an organization leveraging many of the ECM skills that currently exist in the organization. A plan is defined to address the skill gaps and take into account the prioritization of the projects in the pipeline, as well as the concurrency objectives when determining a timeline and the immediacy of filling the gaps. Once the timeline and immediacy is understood, the plan would outline the approach to fill both short term and long term gaps. For some skills it may involve contract resources to address immediate needs while leveraging those resources in a mentoring capacity.
Here is an example of the impact of the number of concurrent ECM enabled projects on the staffing of an ECM CC.
In this example, an IBM ECM CC modeled customer looked back at the projects they deployed over a year and determined the average number of hours by role. They also determined an average elapse time of the projects, which was 3½ months for an ECM engagement for the given year. With that information they determined that if they started 1 new project per month that it should average 3½ projects being managed in a given month. In the above chart you can see the impact this organization saw when managing 3½ projects concurrently and the impact if more projects are introduced on a monthly bases. This analysis helps them to determine staffing needs given the amount of work that the steering committee had established as guidelines.
The next part in this series will discuss developing an ECM CC Engagement Process. This is one of the Best Practices and Standards that needs to be developed to guide ECM Solution delivery and helps the organization to take full advantage of the benefits of having an ECM CC.
In the meantime, please feel free to leave feedback or suggest topics that you'd like me to explore. Love to hear from you!