Our Strategy Framework

Our best-practices approach is right-sized for your organization and specific challenge

The development of the Framework was based on thousands of hours of research, analysis, and experience in many different industries working with many clients and situations. Underlying each component of the Framework are specific Best Practices; each of these, in turn, can be leveraged individually or woven into a system to create a complete, customized Best Practices enterprise. The framework was designed to be fractal, making it applicable and equally valuable to entire businesses, business units, and specific business challenges.


Applying the Framework

Alligar's recommendations, or "Opportunities For Improvement", leverage our Best Practices knowledge-base of facts and lessons learned while incorporating the unique aspects of each client's enterprise. We recognize that solutions are only effective if they are designed to fit the context in which they will function, and Best Practices are no different. It is for this reason that every Alligar engagement begins with a SAFE Start phase, during which we work collaboratively to discuss our approach (pilots, prototypes, and iterations are encouraged) and define such things as the scope, level of detail, cost-benefit, feasibility, reasonability, and timing of the engagement. Also during this phase, we can supplement our Best Practices knowledge-base with field-tested best practices gathered from similar enterprises, adding an element of real-world experience to complement traditional theory. Our services are most relevant to those who want to get the most from their IT investments, need to limit their risk by leveraging proven and documented best practices, and intend to increase the value of IT for the business. We don't just use best practices language--we listen to your situation, craft a tailored engagement, and then leverage the applicable best practices. We know that we are only as good as the results of our services, which is why we have replicable project processes, reusable artifacts, and quality control and oversight for every engagement. Quality delivery of our services is our priority.

Best-practices leveraged in the Framework

The concepts, elements, and underlying processes that form our Best Practices Framework are based on standards bodies, collective best practices, and quality management tools.  


  •  The Project Management Institute's (PMI) Project Management Book of Knowledge (PMBOK) and Organizational Project Management Maturity Model (OPM3)
  • The IT Governance Institute's Val IT Framework and Control Objectives for Information and related Technologies (COBIT)
  • The Clinger-Cohen Act / E-Government   

Business Process 

  • Business Process Management
  • Six-Sigma
  • Sarbanes-Oxley Act (S-Ox) 
  • Simplified Objectives-Driven Activities (SODA)

Enterprise Architecture 

  • The Zachman Framework 
  • The Open Group Architect Framework (TOGAF)
  • The Federal Enterprise Architecture (FEA) 
  • The Gartner Methodology 

Systems Management and Development

  • Agile Development Methodologies 
  • IBM's Rational Unified Process (RUP)
  • The Software Engineering Institute's (SEI) Capability Maturity Model (CMMI)
  • Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) v3