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Maturing Cyber Security in a Rapidly Expanding Software Space

Maturing Cyber Security in a Rapidly Expanding Software Space

Trillium’s client is a software and analytics company that had a rapidly expanding client base, creating an increased risk profile for data under its control. In addition, existing customers had security concerns about data loss, creating a financial and reputational risk for the client.  Security concerns have also caused lengthened sales cycles for the client.  Several factors contributed to the client’s concerns about cyber security, including a lack of security tooling or data; a soft security roadmap requiring review and remediation; and, existing improvements to security and analytics were neither aligned nor prioritized within the technology landscape.

How We Solved It

Trillium reviewed and assessed the current state of the client’s cyber security processes and technology, and begin a risk reduction plan.  The project baselined the client’s cyber security against industry standards, analyzed tactical risks of the current state, and identified a remediation approach to the security risks.  The risk-reduction program was aligned to the client’s product roadmap.

Results

  • Product improvements aligned with security risk-reduction initiative
  • Risk-remediation reduced risk by 20% in the first 3 months
  • Sales team closed the sale on 2 large accounts by addressing security concerns

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Streamlined Printer Operations Management using Zero-Based Budgeting

Streamlined Printer Operations Management using Zero-Based Budgeting

Trillium’s client is a large international food distribution organization that serves a large portion of the USA.  Numerous brands are distributed under this umbrella company.  While the company has been experiencing significant growth through acquisition in the last several years, it has also undertaken a substantial effort to consolidate numerous technology areas within the organization.  The company wanted to identify and understand all aspects of its print operation to align with a directive to reduce printer volume, consolidate vendors and support, and control expenses through centralizing the purchasing, leasing, and support of its print devices at over 1000 sites nationally. 

However, the client needed to identify its inventory of printers, vendors, and contracts; it had also issued a Request for Proposal for print leases and services that required analysis.  The client was also instituting Zero-Based Budgeting (ZBB) and directed that printer acquisition requests be included in that process.  To execute on that strategy, the client needed a broad skillset including operations and project management to work with the project team.

How We Solved It

An overall project management and operational strategy was conducted to assess the organization’s overall printing environment to reduce printer volume, consolidate operations, and reduce cost. The Client engaged Trillium to review its print technology operation with an eye toward consolidating services soon.  Trillium worked with corporate management and support teams as well as coordinating with numerous departments to jump start the analysis of the landscape.  The client had previously issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) for print leases and attendant services, and required an analysis of those responses.  In addition to analyzing the responses, Trillium validated RFP information and costs, updating them as needed.  Trillium also worked on obtaining specific information on printer sites, including site visits and interviews, to gain comprehensive information on printer counts, contracts, and maintenance costs to begin to renegotiate existing contracts at reduced costs.  Trillium then assisted the client with negotiations for a Master Services Agreement with the finalist vendor and attendant Statement(s) of Work.  ZBB procedures were used for acquisition of new printers.

Results

  • Impact of the current print environment compared to the future environment will realize significant financial saving
  • New standard acquisition processes including ZBB will give the client more control and visibility over its print environment.
  • New processes will be extended to the client’s international operations.

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Improving Privacy and Security at a Hospice Provider

Trillium’s client is a hospice provider that had recently completed the merger of three (3) long-term care organizations.  Through that merger, the hospice provider experienced a great deal of expansion and growth, and, thus, has undertaken a significant effort to consolidate and standardize its security and privacy processes.   

The merger of Trillium’s client from 3 organizations into a single entity presented challenges that required remediation, both from a managerial and technical perspective.  Prior to the merger, each organization had its own set of IT systems, policies, and procedures, causing staff confusion in the merged organization, resulting in selective adherence to the governance processes.   

Also, staff in the merged organization did not have an adequate understanding of regulatory gaps within the technology ecosystem, and did not have a standardized risk management approach.  Knowledge and documentation gaps in the merged organization risked the client’s ability to pass a Federally-mandated HIPAA audit, failure of which could result in significant fines.   

How We Solved It

Trillium worked with corporate management and support teams to analyze the client’s technology landscape, including documenting the current state of technology governance, baselining the organization against industry standards, and identifying and prioritizing privacy and security gaps.

Trillium’s resulting assessment included an understanding of security and privacy needs of the organization, creating and driving a remediation roadmap, creating a common language for governance, and training the client’s team on common governance and HIPAA tracking.

Results

  • A single set of documented privacy and security policies and procedures for the merged organization, resulting in policy clarity and consist
  • Established a common Risk Management Language and Tracking Framework for HIPAA compliance
  • Passed the HIPAA security and privacy audit

RX for an Ailing Telecom Group at a Health Services Group

RX for an Ailing Telecom Group at a Health Services Group

Trillium’s client is a not-for-profit community-based regional Health Services Group located in the rural Northwest United States.  Their facilities include several hospitals (including a trauma level 2 facility,) numerous medical and urgent care clinics, a Senior care facility, a conference center, a hospice, and a hospitality house for out-of-town patients and families.  They provide a full range of medical, health care, wellness, and surgical services, and serve a population in excess of a quarter of a million with a staff of nearly 5,000 medical professionals, employees, and volunteers.  Given the critical nature of the services provided, the client requires a very effective telecom infrastructure, running as seamlessly as possible. 

The Health Services Group was experiencing a number of symptoms indicating its telecom was not meeting the business needs of its stakeholders.  They included inconsistent telecom support, unpredictable service delivery, reliance on vendors to identify and solve problems, and unpredictable planned telecom change events.  In addition, Management had limited visibility to existing telecom issues, or how they were being addressed and/or ultimately fixed.  It appeared that telecom work was being done differently depending on the individual doing that work, with one-off and non-repeatable processes being used, and, as a consequence, the impact of telecom work to the organization was unclear.  Also, since there was no clear view of telecom finances, the Group had no idea of their spend or how financially efficient their organization was.  Organizational Management determined that it needed an overall review and assessment of its telecom organization, to determine stakeholder expectations and how best to improve their support. 

How We Solved It

Trillium first surveyed support personnel and key stakeholders to determine a baseline for how well telecom was performing against expectations.  Then, Trillium interviewed numerous stakeholders to help determine the needs from telecom in order to effectively support the client. Trillium performed an analysis that was categorized by People, Process, and Technology.  Numerous recommendations were generated, based on a “crawl, walk, run” approach so that our Client would have a roadmap to its future actions, including business requirements, running telecom projects through its PMO, and adoption of standard processes. In addition, Trillium created a cost estimate to identify the financial impact of the recommendations.

Results

  • Consolidated trouble ticketing and reorganized team to reduced the time to resolve trouble tickets
  • Improved internal image of telecom within the organization
  • Improved service delivery process
  • Created a roadmap for accountability
  • Stabilization of planned changes

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