VARSITi

VARSITi Aligns Business & Technology Strategies
to Execute Organizational Alignment

Onebridge has the experience to seamlessly integrate your business and technology teams to create organizational alignment and tie your technology initiatives more closely to your goals. Whether you need help with the entire process, or just a few steps in between, we always bring to the table our VARSITi approach led by our top people. Learn more about the process below.

Learn More About the VARSITi Process

Value

Map out the needs of users and customers to understand exactly how they can benefit from the use of business intelligence and data analytics.

Using an extensive toolbox of proven, repeatable processes, Onebridge works with you to develop a complete understanding of every way that your organization uses BI and data analytics to offer value to business users and external customers.

A thorough evaluation of the needs of both groups combined with visual value stream mapping gives you an outside perspective into which technology initiatives are most beneficial to your business. This is a foundational step in aligning your business needs with your IT strategy, so your business doesn’t waste resources on IT initiatives that don’t solve real business problems effectively.

Architecture

Learn how to eliminate technology roadblocks by assessing how your current tech stack serves the needs of your stakeholders.

The Architecture stage takes an inventory of all the technology and data sources currently in use to determine how each either succeeds or fails to offer a benefit to your business. You’ll discover not only how to use your current technology stack more effectively, but also what other tools are out there that can support your business strategy.

If you don’t need any additional tools, you won’t get proposals for adding them – Onebridge takes an agnostic approach that focuses on business needs first. There are nine important points of consideration when evaluating the technology architecture of your business.

Roadmap

Select the IT initiatives that will bring your business the most benefit in the shortest amount of time.

Roadmapping is all about pinpointing how your business can achieve significant milestones as soon as possible. There may be several updates to your technology architecture that can provide value, so in the roadmap stage you figure out which updates will offer you the most benefit in the shortest amount of time.

Building a roadmap involves conducting a dependency analysis and understanding how changes brought on by a new IT initiative could affect your team. Onebridge works with you to right-size BI and data analytics initiatives to maximize timing and resources and bring you the biggest impact for your efforts.

This roadmap forms the framework of all your future technology and business initiatives, preserving the connection between technology initiatives and business priorities.

Solution Design

Design an end-to-end plan that defines how back-end data sources function and what front-end user experiences will be like.

Looking at the state of data sources, use cases for each piece of the new technology architecture as well as preferred KPIs, Onebridge works with you to design how the updated IT architecture will work for your company inside and out.

Both technology experts and business users in your organization will provide feedback throughout the entire process on all aspects of their experience – like data governance and management, dashboard design and the functionality of user interfaces.

This is where you ensure that the roadmap meets all of your team’s needs and can be easily integrated into their day-to-day activities. In short, Solution Design ensures that your team will actually want to use your new tech stack and will be able to get all the intended benefits out of it.

Implementation

Put BI and data initiatives into action with agile two-week sprints to drive frequent incremental improvement in the business.

Implementation is where the team begins short sprints of execution. Rather than completing one large IT project, waiting until the end to test, and creating new projects to fix issues or improve the original, Onebridge cultivates an agile approach focused on continuous feedback, testing, and improvement approximately every two weeks.

This allows the team to respond faster when business priorities change. With constant prototyping and testing to gather continuous feedback, you can deliver continuous improvement throughout the project’s entire implementation. Developers are always in communication with business users to ensure value, cutting through red tape when changes need to be made.

Transformation

Support your team as they experience changes to the organization’s BI and data analytics architecture.

Applying an agile methodology to IT initiatives is usually a significant change in thinking for businesses – a change that tends to be cultural, calling for reliable change management methodology.

The key to making changes effectively is to do so in consumable but impactful doses, so stakeholders see immediate value and can offer immediate feedback for improvement. By delivering frequent value step-by-step in small doses, you gradually transform your business along the way.

iteration

Build constant improvement into your strategy to keep your team up to date to changes.

Iteration is an ongoing process beginning as early as the Solution Design phase. As the data and development teams consistently deliver prototype after prototype for review by business users, they evaluate and document what’s working, what’s not, fixes and results of fixes.

This is a cycle of continuous improvement that enables quick wins and gradually increasing value. With iteration, your teams work with Onebridge every step of the way, keeping your employees informed, trained, and clear on how their job processes may change. In other words, with iteration built in you can avoid surprises and get organizational buy-in more easily.