Digital Transformation

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Ultimately Digital was founded in 1998 because we believed the world had reached an inflection point where digital transformation was no longer a maybe, but rather, was a fast approaching certainty. Undeniably, technology is continuing to irreversibly alter how people interact: person-to-person; with businesses; and, with public institutions.

Our fundamental goal has always been to help our Clients successfully implement and realize benefit from large enterprise information systems. Now 25 years later, we are still supporting our Clients as they successfully transform their organizations and maximize the benefits delivered by information technology.

Today, Ultimately Digital provides management consulting and information technology advisory services to Canada's leading organizations. As an independent consultancy without product affiliations or allegiances, we evaluate Client initiatives and provide solid objective and unbiased advice to senior decision makers based solely on our experience and expertise.

Most recently, we have provided strategic advisory and management services for Canadian public sector organizations replacing and modernizing their legacy enterprise information systems with commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) solutions at the federal, provincial and municipal levels.

Legacy Systems Replacements

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A fundamental aspect of digital transformation is the replacement or enhancement of aging information systems. These legacy systems replacements come with a very high risk of failure. Problems often arise with both the people and with the technology. Each stage of a legacy replacement represents a point-of-failure, and requires a great deal of knowledge and expertise to execute successfully. In particular, to succeed with your replacement, you need to do an exceptional job with: requirements gathering; technology procurement; and, managing the replacement project.

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Todd Howard, who leads Ultimately Digital's Public Sector Practice, is currently finalizing a book that provides a definitive treatment of the art and the science of legacy systems replacement. Leaving Your Legacy: The Legacy Systems Replacement Handbook will be available in 2022. Click here to see a full preview of Chapters 1 and 2.

In support of the upcoming publication of Leaving Your Legacy, we are collecting data to identify opportunities to continue to improve understanding of how best to replace or modernize legacy information systems. Click here if you'd like to participate in the survey.

Leaving Your Legacy will be available for sale in the Amazon bookstore. When the book is published, you will also be able to find a variety of videos that touch on key content found in Leaving Your Legacy through our YouTube Channel.

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Our Services

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As a small highly focused consultancy, Ultimately Digital has hyper-specialized in enhancing and replacing enterprise information systems. We have developed a proprietary methodology for performing this work. Our methodology includes best practice approaches, processes, and templates. We provide expertise in the following core service areas:

> IT Procurement (Goods & Services)
> Program & Project Management
> Requirements Engineering & Management
> Management of Software Development
> Management of Software Quality Assurance
> Management of Data Migration.

On a typical engagement, we take a very hands-on role in: leading the development of strategies and plans; creating business cases; managing requirements gathering; managing formal procurement processes; and, advising on program and project management.

Notable client engagements that involved legacy systems replacement and enhancement include: Health Sciences North (HSN) in Sudbury Ontario; the Ontario Retirement Homes Regulatory Authority (RHRA); the Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB); the Ontario Alcohol & Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO); Health Canada; Shoppers Drug Mart; Toronto Community Housing Corporation; and the Ontario Ministry of Community & Social Services.

Contact Us

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Todd Howard

Todd Howard, P.Eng., PMP, Partner and Public Sector Practice Lead, has a sterling record and is acknowledged as a leading authority on the art and science of successfully procuring, implementing and gaining maximum benefit from enterprise information systems.

The successes and scars from a 30+ year IT management consulting career with over 35 public and private sector clients lets Todd know when projects are on track, and when they are going sideways – he adeptly identifies and manages risk to maximize the chance of successful outcomes. As a result, Todd is very often engaged on "rescue projects".

> Link to Todd's Bio

Land Acknowledgement

Ultimately Digital gratefully acknowledges the traditional and ancestral lands of the Indigenous nations that our work spans in Treaty and unceded territories. We pay respect to the Knowledge Keepers and Elders of the past and present, and the youth who give us hope for the future. We honour the land and the abundance it provides all of us, and we remain fully committed to Reconciliation as set out by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) 94 Calls to Action.

> Link to 94 Calls to Action

Spoke At C3 - Denver 2016

Todd Howard had the privilege of speaking at the 15th annual Computronix Client Conference (C3) in Denver Colorado in September 2016. Todd delivered a well received talk where he taught participants how to become project management Superheroes who can consistently realize the benefits promised by their projects.

> Link to Presentation

Management Consulting Vendor of Record

Ultimately Digital is very pleased to announce it has been selected as a Management Consulting Vendor of Record by the province of Ontario. By virtue of this award, Ultimately Digital is able to provide management consulting services to Ministries and publically funded organizations within Ontario.

> Link to Ontario

Client Endorsements

It's always nice when Clients have something kind to say about you. Please take a look at these endorsements from some of our many happy Clients.

> Link to Endorsements

Successfully Concluded Health Sciences North Engagement

Ultimately Digital is pleased to announce that it concluded a very successful engagement with Health Sciences North (HSN) in Sudbury Ontario in December 2020. The culmination of almost two years of work saw HSN complete the contract award and finalization of requirements to procure an integrated top-tier software-as-a-service solution that will be the foundation for the large business transformation of human capital management solutions that HSN is undertaking.

> Link to HSN