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Successful IT Consultancy Refocuses to Provide Project Management Excellence and Client Advocate Services to Complex IT Projects

Proven IT consultancy repositions itself to focus on client advocacy services.

Villa Park, CA, May 17, 2008 --( Blue Skies, LLC, a proven IT consulting firm, has announced a renewed focus on providing “client advocate” project management services to companies involved in complex, business critical IT projects. The goal is to ensure that their clients’ projects always deliver quality results, on time, and within budget. Blue Skies professionals serve as their clients’ trusted advisor in a number of capacities – from IT strategic planning and assessment, to functioning as their clients’ internal Project Management Office.

Blue Skies sees a burgeoning market opportunity to provide these types of advocacy services in the IT services arena. The firm continues to see too many businesses without the necessary project management disciplines and resources needed to ensure large IT projects are successful and realize their intended goals.

“Failed IT projects happen all the time, often to the amazement of participants who think they’re somehow immune to IT problems,” said Michael Krigsman, (4/25/08). “In my experience, most failures are caused by shortsightedness, complexity on both business and technical sides, and poor management.”

With deep roots working in the IT systems integration industry, Blue Skies currently serves a number of Fortune 500 companies as well as smaller organizations across various industries, with a primary focus on media and entertainment, mining and medical device companies. For these clients, the firm leverages its own highly seasoned consultants as well as partner consulting firms and a vast network of specialized independent consultants to assemble the most effective and efficient project management team possible for their clients. The Blue Skies team itself is comprised of partner-level managers with certifications such as CPA, PMP, Oracle, JD Edwards, and Microsoft that augment years of business acumen.

“We are finding more and more businesses are struggling to manage their own critical integration engagements to ensure the best possible ROI for themselves,” said Johan Amlen, president of the Blue Skies Professional Services Organization. “We therefore provide strategic and tactical project management services to these organizations as well as serve as their trusted advisor as we work to advocate their needs and ensure their business challenges are closely aligned with their IT solution.”

Serving in this client advocate role, Blue Skies performs a number of key tasks in an IT integration engagement, including:

• Actively managing projects involving a mix of client personnel and outside integrators
• Reviewing and improving IT architectural plans proposed by the hired integrator
• Meeting regularly with the client’s executive management team to communicate challenges, progress and accomplishments
• Assessing and selecting necessary enterprise software to fulfill business requirements
• Ensuring alignment between IT solutions and business objectives
• Conducting due diligence analysis prior to a merger or acquisition to determine integration feasibility of both sets of IT systems

Blue Skies also helps many organizations remediate failed or failing IT engagements. Serving as the client’s advocate, Blue Skies assesses the original scope of work and initial business challenges faced before restructuring and reprioritizing project deliverables and timelines to restore the project and bring it to a successful completion.

About Blue Skies LLC
Blue Skies, LLC was formed in 2002 with the goal of offering senior program management services as well as exceptional customer service without the organizational hierarchy and corresponding costs of large consulting firms. Their philosophy is to offer senior expertise on an ongoing basis to their customers to ensure successful project implementation.

Blue Skies is committed to maximizing our clients’ business potential using solutions designed to promote growth and long-term success. They do this by ensuring critical, strategic program and implementation planning and execution are present in all of their projects. Please visit the company’s website at for additional information.

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