SCOPING

Scope your projects

Whether conducting an opportunity study, scoping a project or choosing a solution, Synetis has a consulting team with more than 10 years of experience. This team has developed a tried and trusted methodology, modeled its own tools, and has concrete feedback knowledge in order to carry out their missions successfully. We can work with you on an array of topics:
  • Validate the saliency of an envisaged project
  • Define the scope of the project
  • Identify needs and ensure that they are in line with your firm’s strategy
  • Decide on a target to be reached and on how to get there
  • Identify the means to be implemented to reach the target
  • Propose an organization for the project phase as well as for the Run phase
The Synetis methodology has a top-ntich track record in several areas of IAM expertise: Identity Governance & Administration (IGA); Access Management (AM); Privileged Access Management (PAM); Customer Identity & Access Management (CIAM). The typology of the workshops to be conducted is tailored to the project. The customer-side participants are chosen to match the project study, and Synetis calls on specialists in the targeted domain.

IAM State of the art

Before kicking-off the scoping, Synetis recommends setting up a workshop to review the current state of the art as regards IAM This workshop is an initial contact with all stakeholders (sponsor, workshop participants, project team) and an opportunity to share a common vision on the concepts in a pedagogical perspective. Roughly speaking, the workshop plan is as follows:
  • IAM history
  • Description of the different areas (objectives, expectations by population, global vision)
  • Logical bricks and market vision
  • Project approach and governance
  • Success determinants
  • Feedback from experience (i.e., previous similar projects)
  • Questions & Answers
All questions can be addressed during this workshop (IGA / AM / CIAM / PAM); this makes for an overall vision and identifies the topics that will be in-scope and out-of-scope
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Kicking off the scoping

Analysis of the current situation ; an essential and unavoidable step of a Scoping When reviewing the current situation, we want to identify:

  • The maturity of the current ecosystem with respect to the current state of the art of the targeted IAM domain (this may involve implementing a risk-analysis phase)
  •  The current challenges with the customer’s ecosystem; this is determined by means of discussions with the person involved in those processes that are within the perimeter of the Scoping.
  • The strengths (technical, functional and/or organizational) on which to draw when determining the target.

The definition of the target is based on the elements collected in the previous step. Following the findings of the analysis phase, Synetis proposes several potential targets, adapted to the client context and which constitute a basis for reflection for the workshops with the Project Team. The objective of these workshops is to define the target ecosystem by combining the expertise of Synetis stakeholders and the ambition of the customer-side parties. Since each context is unique, the Scoping must be adapted and the best compromise must be found for each customer.

Once the target has been validated, the path to reach the target must be determined.The possible paths are expressed by taking into account previous similar projects, deadlines, budgetary constraints, and so on. This step formalizes the major project modules to be launched as well as the best strategy to deploy the solution (application-based deployment; user-based deployment; feature-based deployment; and so on). For each step, the following are specified:

  • Gains attained
  • Risks handled
  • Decommissioned components (if any)
  • The validated path formally marks out the key project steps.

Then we have the Project Plan … returning lots of salient information: workload, schedule, budget, project organization required, skills to be deployed, success determinants, and so on.
The Scoping concludes with the Final Report furnish to all project stakeholders. The aim is to share the approach followed, to confirm the target, and to confirm the path. The overriding aim is to proceed to the next step; namely, Project kickoff

For the Scoping to complete successfully, we must address some focus points:

  • A controlled perimeter
  • Availability of the requisite human skills
  • An analysis of the current situation, validated by the customer-side specialists.
  • An inventory of needs with prioritization of needs
  • Iterative validation of the deliverables through intermediate handover of these deliverables
  • The definition of a target that can be reached within a well-defined time frame

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Synetis can also help you choose the IAM solution that meets your needs. Several approaches are possible and the methodology of choice depends on the customer:

  • Recommendation of solutions adapted to the customer context based on the Synetis experience
  • Drafting of specifications for a wider competition of market solutions
  • Organization of demonstrations or PoCs
  • Support with the RFI and RFP phases (analysis, participation in support, decision support).