The systems of this company needed to be certified either
as medical devices or under GMP / ISO 9000 by the Federal
Food and Drug Administration. The company had a wide application
portfolio including Product Development systems, Laboratory
systems, Donor systems and an Enterprise Resource Planning
application. A mix of custom developed, industry-specific
and packaged solutions were being developed simultaneously.
Multiple vendors supplied the hardware and the support components
needed to run the systems. A review of the hardware model,
support model and resource-sharing model was needed to respond
to increasing IT costs.
Mornington led the project, including the review of existing
supplier and partner relationships, a redesign of the hardware
and telecommunications approaches, the design of a multi-application
integration model and the prioritization of the project portfolio.
The project was to be executed over 4 weeks with a team of
The project consisted in first establishing the status, probability
of success and probability of returning benefits of all system
development projects; and to review with the existing hardware
and services vendors alternate architecture solutions to maximize
the return on technical investment. A data exchange model
was created between all the applications; and a review of
suitable middleware was conducted to ensure the exchange of
information in a controlled way.
We then prepared recommendations on the scope change and
timeline changes needed, and reviewed the Year 2000 response
plan. We also reviewed specific process issues in the areas
of materials management and logistics and propose solutions.
The go-forward IT investment plan was presented to executive
The project was completed as scheduled. It is expected that
the immediate (year 1 savings) will exceed $ 1 million. The
integration model will improve IT operations. Management has
an overview of its Year 2000 action plan, strong positioning
for the re-opening of negotiations with key vendors, and a
map of its key processes.