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Amadeus Consulting Launches 'ID-GEM,' A Free Software Development Planning Tool That Maps Business Value To Projects Through A Pre-Requirements Process

Free planning tool helps organizations identify strategic business objectives before feature requirements and coding starts - leads to improved outcomes, more efficient development and lower failure rates

BOULDER, Colo., Feb. 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Amadeus Consulting (, a provider of software strategy and development services, announced today the availability of ID-GEM, a free, downloadable planning tool to help organizations incorporate business value objectives early in the application development process. Available at (, ID-GEM helps reduce software project failure rates by addressing the need for better front-end planning.

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"One of the main reasons software projects fail is a lack of planning between initial application idea and the rush to set feature requirements," said Lisa Calkins, co-founder and CEO of Amadeus Consulting. "We strongly believe in the open source model of contributing to the overall good of the software industry. With ID-GEM we are sharing our years of experience and knowledge to help organizations align business value to software outcomes through a practical, easy-to-use, upfront planning process."

As organizations of all types need to build software faster under increasingly complex conditions, a significant gap in planning has emerged between initial idea and requirements setting. The ID-GEM planning tool helps small-to-mid-sized organizations – that often lack the resources to fully uncover and consider the full, desired business value of a project – identify and integrate business value into software projects before any requirements are ever outlined. ID-GEM ensures that software projects are value driven, not based on features and functions that may or may not deliver on the initial promise of a project.

For software and business teams, ID-GEM comes into play before the development process starts, and provides useful input for the requirements planning process. This is vitally important as the speed of software delivery increases and the negative impact of mis-aligned projects on an organization becomes more significant. With ID-GEM, development teams are better aligned with predetermined business goals, and have a clear understanding of what various stakeholders, including marketing, sales, customer service and operations, need. ID-GEM is the result of decades of software delivery experience, and input from customers and partners working with Amadeus Consulting.

The ID-GEM planning tool guides organizations through a five-step process that includes:

  1. Identify Value: Defining the primary business value that needs to be achieved with the software, both short- and long-term.
  2. Discovery Process: A series of specific discovery questions to uncover the desired outcomes and benefits needed to achieve the value propositions outlined in Step One.
  3. Goal Creation: Defines a set of goals and associated design features to drive the outcomes and benefits.
  4. Evaluate Outcomes: Determines the exact data criteria that will be used to evaluate the software features.
  5. Measure Success: Helps analyze application performance data to ensure teams and the software being developed is always focused on achieving primary business value.

"Amadeus and the ID-GEM planning process ensured that the software we needed to build was directly tied to business value, and that my business ideas would come to fruition quickly and on target," said Tom Carson, serial entrepreneur and CEO of Sospes, a leader in Environment, Health and Safety (EH&S) software. 

ID-GEM is a free tool and available now through a "Process-as-a-Service" type model from a hosted web service. The service is initiated via a short questionnaire that matches ID-GEM process guidelines with organizational objectives, values and application-type characteristics. Once the questionnaire is completed, a customized PDF of the ID-GEM Framework is created and delivered to the end-user. ID-Gem then serves as a repeatable process for organizations to use in each and every software project planning process.

For a free download of ID-Gem please visit: (

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About Amadeus Consulting
Amadeus Consulting provides software strategy and development services for organizations looking to drive business growth through integrated technical solutions. The firm assists customers with understanding the underlining complexities and interplay of enterprise, mobile and digital applications to uncover new business opportunities and gain a competitive advantage. Through a blend of strategic consulting and software development services, customers are guided from ideas and concept to working software that is delivered on time and within budget. Amadeus Consulting's business growth stems from its passion to solve the inherent challenges of modern software delivery – from both a business and technical standpoint – through customized solutions that meet both short-term goals and longer-range objectives.

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