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Cutter has no off-the-shelf consulting solutions — we view each assignment as unique, assembling a team custom-fit for your requirements, culture, budget, and business drivers. From business technology strategy development to enterprise architecture assessments, digital business transformation, to developing a customized software development framework, Cutter's experts deliver powerful solutions. See sample Cutter Consulting offerings by selecting one or any of the practice areas below.

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Risk Management Oversight

Tim Lister

Get assistance and ongoing support risk management oversight and guidance for your enterprise.


Helping Organziations Leverage Social Networks Internally

Determine how employees are using social networks now and the tools they are relying on, refine your strategy to ensure it supports company objectives, and devise a plan so that employees transition to company tools and adopt them in a way that guarantees bottom line benefits.


Risk Management Assessment

Tim Lister

By framing the questions explicitly in terms of a worst case; switching perspectives and allowing people to describe the best case; examining blame-free, blameworthy, and partial failures, and employing additional techniques, Tim Lister is able to overcome the hesitation that prevents most people in most companies from articulating many risks they are aware of.


EA Maturity Assessment

Through a qualitative and quantitative evaluation of your architecture and organization, Cutter's maturity assessment program provides a relative comparison of the organization to industry norms and identifies strengths and areas needing attention.


Emerging Technologies Watch

Steve Andriole

This single-session or retainer consulting engagement will put your IT team on track to put winning technologies into action first to gain a clear competitive edge.


Information Security Assessment

Cutter Consortium's information security assessment will help you determine how secure your organization is today, and identify areas that are vulnerable to security breaches.


Architecture Review and Action Plan

The Architecture Review and Action Plan provides an in-depth evaluation of your enterprise's architecture. It takes an architectural approach to addressing specific questions and concerns that you may have. It is intended to clarify business, application, and technology discussions and help your organization make specific technology decisions.


Business Intelligence Strategy

Our Senior Consultants consider your business needs as well as your infrastructure requirements, and help you prioritize them based on criticality and potential return on investment (ROI). We'll help you develop a governance structure for your business intelligence initiative that includes prioritization, funding of projects, and resolution of conflict -- and we'll guide you through the necessary steps to develop an implementation strategy.


Due Diligence for Mergers & Acquisitions

Steve Andriole

Cutter Consortium Fellow Steve Andriole has developed a framework that can be used to conduct formal M&A technology due diligence. The framework addresses all aspects of the technology environment, and accommodates criteria weighting, among other methodological capabilities.


Strategic Planning Team Augmentation

If extreme busyness and/or a reduction of strategic planning staff has left your enterprise without the time or dedicated staff to anticipate future trends and prepare for the effect new developments will have on it, Cutter Consortium's Fellows and Senior Consultants can fill that void


IT Governance and Board Level Oversight of IT

Get guidance in establishing and operating an IT Oversight Committee, and/or have Cutter's independent experts sit on your existing committee.


IT Strategic Planning

Cutter Consortium will help you put a strategic planning process and a strategic plan in place.


Project Chartering

An effective project chartering session is the best way to ensure that a project gets started correctly. Cutter's project chartering sessions help establish a project's team values, vision, mission, objectives, project community, measures of success, scope and boundaries, committed resources, and working agreements.


Knowledge Management Assessments

Our Senior Consultants help you determine where and how to target your knowledge management efforts, and help you outline a program to measure those efforts.


Value Project Portfolio Management

Bob Benson

Every IT project should deliver business value. The challenge is that traditional project management and PMOs focus on "on time" and "on budget," not achievement of business value. Cutter's Value Project Portfolio Management (Value-PPM) approach ensures organizations achieve all three goals.


Negotiating Complex Deals

Sara Cullen

Steering complex deals requires fine-tuned negotiation skills — skills most IT executives are not trained in. But Cutter Senior Consultant Sara Cullen is. With a doctorate in contracts and the experience of assisting more than 140 deals, you could not put a better expert on your team than Sara Cullen.


Financial Management of Information Technology

Bob Benson

This engagement equips business executives, CIOs, IT executives, IT financial managers, and CFOs with the tools and processes they need to answer the following questions:


Metrics Program Development

Take advantage of the opportunity to take a more thorough look at how efficient and productive your software development efforts are ... and can be.


Strategy Meeting Facilitation

Cutter Senior Consultants and Fellows are experts at facilitating both business and IT strategy sessions.


Offshore Due Diligence

The offshore outsourcing specialists on Cutter Consortium's team are prepared to lead trips to India, Poland, or other countries, for client companies that are investigating offshore opportunities.


Optimization Review

Tim Lister

The Optimization Review, typically two days, is designed to identify the most promising opportunities for change by identifying what separates a company from the norm. This unique approach, developed by Tom DeMarco and Tim Lister, is designed to finesse change resistance, and has proven repeatedly to be both a tremendous morale-builder and an extremely effective change mechanism.


Organizational Development Assessments

IT Organizational Assessments examine the strengths and weaknesses of your organization so you can capitalize on the former and correct the latter.


Roadmapping: The T-Plan Approach to Identifying and Exploring Strategic, Innovation and Business Opportunities

Robert Phaal

Dr. Rob Phaal will work with your organization to tailor the S-Plan method to its specific needs and its business context, and help your organization understand how to use roadmaps at the front end of strategy and innovation to support identification and exploration of opportunities and then later to develop and implement strategic plans.


Litigation Support for Software Intensive Projects

Tim Lister

Let Cutter help you with vetting potential partners, understanding and quantifying schedules, requirements, specs, and risk management before signing contracts, to successfully prosecuting or defending against an IT-related lawsuit.


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