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The role of Information Technology in the enterprise is to provide maximum business value and return on investment while minimizing costs.

Auldenfire maintains a commitment to professional software development by emphasizing an architectural approach coupled with proactive customer service and a proven full life-cycle process. This includes a willingness to share the risks associated with software development with our customers through business practices including:

  • Fixed cost projects and assignments with clearly visible tollgates allowing feedback and management input to the development process over controllable time periods.

  • Short-term, rapid build (2-week to 3-month) assignments and deliverable tasking as part of an incremental and iterative development process.

  • Rolling team approach where team members of an established development team are assigned to a project when they are actually needed, which leverages the team "gel" factor by keeping the team together while minimizing customer costs. Rolling teams reduce costs because the entire team does not need to be assembled for the entire duration of the project. This allows required skill sets to be assigned when and where they are needed; project knowledge is maintained by hand-overs and the continued availability of the team members.

  • Auldenfire Software Atelier delivers a completed solution faster by leveraging code generation, economies of scale, and a groupware approach to enterprise software development and integration.

  • Small teams of specialists provide a balanced team skill set, allows team members to communication with each other easier, and provides faster knowledge transfer to the client. These teams supplement the client's existing resources and knowledge through their experience in implementing and managing change in the enterprise.

The logistics and communication issues surrounding large enterprise projects taking place on a global scale with distributed locations in multiple countries on multiple continents is a daunting challenge. In addition to the coordination problems presented by different time zones, language and cultural issues must be addressed as well. Auldenfire maintains an organic support organization to provide logistic and communication support to our teams worldwide. Our support and development teams are multinational, which better prepares them to deal with the challenges associated with global projects. Since 1983, Auldenfire has provided solutions to clients on six continents encompassing over 65 countries.

Auldenfire develops, markets, and supports a number of commercial software applications, which provides a real-world environment for our staff to learn the skills, methodologies, and IT business practices that are vital for success. This internal development environment allows Auldenfire developers and consultants to conduct research and development in a real-world setting. Auldenfire leverages organizational knowledge by rotating our staff through internal development and external development, integration, and consulting assignments. Most of these assignments are built around established teams to preserve team "gell" and cohesiveness. Auldenfire builds teams to build your future.

Independent Credibility

Auldenfire provides real-world expertise that is independent from both the client organization's politics and the vendor organization's product-based and service-based agendas. The knowledge of what needs to be done and how best to accomplish a given integration or development build reduces risk while maximizing return on investment.

Auldenfire maintains a close working relationship with vendors while avoiding a dependency (and commitment) on product sales. Many organizations rely on Auldenfire for independent product information, vendor management, and technical audits (architectural, project plan, and implementation assessments). Auldenfire maintains testing and development facilities to further assist in product evaluation. Auldenfire helps ensure that our clients are not overspending on information technology.

Economies of Scale

Auldenfire Group companies are currently focused on component-oriented development, which requires a strong architectural approach. The Auldenfire Atelier process provides a framework for the rapid implementation of complex solutions. This directly benefits development and integration projects by reducing the time and the number of people required. The reliance on rolling teams and the resulting retention of team experience and domain knowledge benefits following projects by leveraging economies of scale through artifact reuse, learning curve benefits, and having experienced a complete project life-cycle.

Auldenfire has taken a strategic decision to base our consultancy services around small "gelled" teams. Gelled teams save time and money since they already know how to work together, production work starts sooner, and experience has shown that a few gelled experts are more effective and efficient than larger development teams. Auldenfire has two categories of external consulting teams:

  • Specialist teams that are highly skilled in the technology and skill-sets required to develop or integrate an enterprise solution. Specialist teams are ideal when time is critical. Specialists provide economies of scale and learning curve benefits to a project since they have greater experience with the problem domain.

  • Outsource teams that are experienced in providing routine day-to-day operational support. Outsource teams are ideal when an organization wants to reduce costs in an IT functional area or in a business operations area. Outsource teams provide economies of scale to a project or operational area since they work with a higher level of related work within a domain and have a mature business process.

Auldenfire provides a team-based strategy that makes sense. Smaller teams are more effective in getting the job done, transferring knowledge to the client organization, and are easier to manage. Rolling teams provide a client organization access to highly skilled specialists when they are needed as they are needed. Auldenfire is committed to long-term strategic relationships with our clients - this means sharing the risk and offering rational solutions that address bottom-line issues (such as flat rate and team structured pricing).

Diversity

Auldenfire Group companies offer a diverse range of services including:

  • Consulting
  • Software Development
    • Custom software application development
      • Outsourced software development shops
      • Analysis, design, and architectural services
    • Internal software application development
      • Commercial software applications and utilities
      • Internal use software
  • Enterprise Application Integration services
  • Project and business management consulting
  • Security consulting, audit, and investigation services
    • Background vetting
    • Criminal and civil investigation
    • Facility access control and monitoring systems
    • Expert testimony
  • Training
  • Resourcing
    • Technical interviewing
    • Testing and assessment
    • Staffing
  • Research and development facilities
  • Technology assessment services
    • COTS-based assessments
    • Automation tool analysis and assessment
  • Disaster planing and recovery services
  • Logistics support
  • Communications support
  • Administrative support

For more information, refer to the specific company information contained in this web site or contact us by e-mail at: info@auldenfire.com

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2002
Events Calendar
Seminars & Workshops
January 24 2002
Technical Briefing
National Airspace System Information Architecture Committee
Dynamic Metadata Support in Air Traffic Environments
September 19 2001
Legion MDA Software Atelier Workshop Stockholm
September 2001
OMG Technical Meeting Toronto
Auldenfire presents MDA repository whitepaper and architecture overview
August 2001
Legion MDA Software Atelier Pilot Roll-Out
July 2001
OMG Technical Meeting Boston
Auldenfire responsible for content description design models and requirements for platform independent MDA repository

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