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Big Business vs. Small Business: 5 Ways Small Businesses Get Results

Posted by Mary Vogel on Aug 15, 2017 1:57:29 PM

One of the questions I often see directed towards small businesses on new solicitations is: “How do you intend to staff for this project?”

 Answer: We staff exactly the same way that the big guys do it.

I find it odd that small businesses must answer this type of inquiry because nothing separates many of us from big businesses other than perception. We are capable of the same innovation, and use the same processes and industry standards that make some big businesses effective. I say "some" big businesses as all of us have seen the seed sown on shallow ground kind of large business, whose processes and leadership did not grow as fast as the business did.

However, here at Ellumen, we ARE more flexible and in some ways, we offer advantages that some bigger entities cannot. 

We frown on the practice of preassigning characteristics to people without full understanding of the complete picture. It’s equally as harmful to stereotype companies. 

Assuming all small businesses can't achieve the same results as some big businesses hurts the consumer just as much as it hurts small businesses because it leaves them blind to the benefits that mature small companies can offer.

The infographic below represents a few examples of how Ellumen, as a small business, gets results.

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Topics: Government Health IT, Telehealth, telecommunication, CMMI, high-speed internet, rural, EHR, Interoperability, telemedicine, Innovation, Healthcare, Agile, Rural Health, Small Business

Ellumen Methods are Proof that Agile and CMMI are Better Together

Posted by Duane Pouliot on Apr 28, 2017 2:30:00 PM

In 2015 when Ellumen began pursuing CMMI Level 3 Development, Agile methods had already been infused across several government contracts and refined through the leadership of Ellumen Vice President for Technology, Dan Wayland. During Ellumen’s CMMI appraisal, we found incorporating our Agile Scrum processes to CMMI for development was not a simple one-to-one mapping. An in-depth understanding of Agile processes and the CMMI model was required as our appraisal team compiled hundreds of Agile development artifacts and spent several months performing the necessary mappings against our pre-established processes.

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Topics: Government Health IT, CMMI, Innovation, Testing, Quality Assurance, Agile

Ellumen Inc. Achieves CMMI Level III

Posted by Mary Carroll on Feb 12, 2016 10:16:29 AM

Software Development and Services Unit of Ellumen Inc. Appraised at CMMI Level III

ARLINGTON, VA, February 12, 2016—Ellumen Inc., a trusted provider of professional services and IT solutions, was evaluated and appraised at Level 3 of the CMMI Institute’s Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI)®. The appraisal was performed by Mark Schilling with Schilling Knowledge Engineering LLC, an SEI Partner delivering CMMI appraisal and consulting.

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Topics: CMMI