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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

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

Making the Most of Network and Technology at a Marketing and Financial Company

Making the Most of Network and Technology at a Marketing and Financial Company

Trillium’s client is a Marketing and Financial company that offers rewards programs, merchant cash advance programs, and marketing services.  The company is experiencing growth within its partner network.  This has the potential to significantly increase the number of members that will be leveraging the company’s product and services along with the demand on its technology infrastructure. 
 
Due to growth within our client’s members and partners, there has been an increased reliance on their network in order to respond to user demands.  Recently, Trillium’s client began experiencing a number of network-related issues.  These disruptions have raised questions for our client as to whether the root cause(s) of the disruptions are people, process, or technology issues.  Additionally, the increasing demands resulting from growth have created concerns surrounding the risks the company may have with its infrastructure.  Client Management wanted to conduct an overall review and assessment of its infrastructure.  This included reviewing network architecture and infrastructure designs, as well as reviewing infrastructure operations people, process, tools and technology in order to identify potential technology risks to the organization.  This will assist our client in quantifying risks to company stability and growth over a 3-year horizon, and allow our client to make immediate decisions about their current network and systems and the organization and processes supporting their technology.

How We Solved It

Trillium first interviewed IT personnel and key stakeholders to determine a baseline for how well IT and networks were performing against expectations, as well as to help determine the technology and network needs from the organization in order to effectively support the client. Trillium reviewed extensive technology-related documentation and performed an analysis that would assist in identifying the best course of action.  Numerous recommendations were generated so that our Client would have a roadmap to its future actions, including: targeting future organizational structure; identification of key processes to be standardized across the organization; identification of prioritized factors along with their importance and our Client’s current capability levels; and prioritization of telecom initiatives.

Results

  • Network and technology stabilization path beginning by starting work on establishing IT Strategy, Rules of Engagement, and definition of Suc
  • Began to align the IT Organization to Capability Maturity Model Level 2
  • Standard metrics and reporting will help to stabilize the path forward

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Analyzing Technology Processes at a Fraud Prevention Association

Analyzing Technology Processes at a Fraud Prevention Association

Trillium’s client is an insurance organization dedicated to assisting in the profitability of the insurance industry.  Numerous companies and strategic partners comprise its membership.  Data received from member organizations is aggregated and used for predictive analytics to assist in the organization’s mission.  The organization has grown significantly in the last several years, potentially significantly increasing the number of members that will be leveraging the organization’s services along with the demand on its technology infrastructure.   
Our client recently did a survey of its organization and the results showed an apparent gap between the existing technical work to be performed and the available IT resources to perform them.  In addition, Management wanted to ensure that IT is well positioned to support additional growth opportunities.  Client Management was proactive and determined that an assessment was needed to understand any risks with current IT staff and infrastructure.  This would include bench-marking the staff and technology infrastructure organization against its peers, which would assist in evaluating any action to mitigate risks within IT.  The analysis will allow our client to make immediate decisions about their current systems, along with the organization and processes supporting their technology environment. 

How We Solved It

Areas to be reviewed included organizational structure, staffing, infrastructure, operating procedures, security assessments, security audits, and business continuity.  Trillium first interviewed key stakeholders to determine a baseline for how well technology was performing against the client’s expectations.  Following the interviews, Trillium used our standard methodology in order to facilitate the assessment with an Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) baseline analysis, and a System Development Lifecycle (SDLC) baseline analysis of all project phases.  In addition, Trillium weighted business risk strategy and understand probability of occurrence, as well as performing a peer organization benchmark analysis. 

Findings from the analysis indicated that the SDLC is the largest risk area, followed by IT Strategy Finally, better communication between IT and the business is needed, by formally defining and managing interactions, as well as by including IT leadership in the group of organizational department heads. 

The findings and recommendations were consolidated into a report that Trillium presented to key client executives and IT leadership to allow visibility and buy-in across client leadership.

Results

  • Began SDLC improvement by establishing standard project management process, defining metrics, and formalizing intake, tracking, and reportin
  • Began to strategically align the IT Organization with the business and pushing IT out of its comfort zone
  • Began to develop better communication vehicles by creating prioritization for projects, status reporting, and formal cadence for delivering

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