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Our Services

We are a young company with many years of consulting expertise. How does that fit together? Quite simply: Our consultants have already gained many years of work experience, with expertise and competence. What we offer is adapted to the needs of our customers. Our work is done in between the departments, users, IT, R&D and senior management. It is important to us that the results of our consulting services are feasible for reality and is fir for our customer’s future goals.

Please find below what we can offer you at the moment:

 


PROJECTMANAGEMENT

We offer project and program management at our customer’s premises, simultaneously we can train, certify (PRINCE2), and work on a coaching-on-the-job basis with customer’s project manager. All our project managers are PRINCE2, and / or PMP certified.

Rimpl Consulting provides support for the below:

  • Project management and program management
    Project structuring, planning and controlling
    Selection of an appropriate project management method
    Creating a project manual
    Definition of checklists and templates
    Project setup and setting it up
    Risk and conflict management
    Project and team communication
    Resource planning in complex IT projects
    Project retrospectives
    Project audits
    Rollout and cutover planning
    Contract management
    Project turnaround
    Coaching, Training and Certification (PRINCE2)

 


PROJECT MANAGEMENT OFFICE (PMO)

All our consultants are supported by the Project Management Office at our office in Siegburg. Project experienced staff is working in the background to carry out the work for which there is no time on site or can be used there much better. Presentations can be reviewed and updated as needed. Project plans and status reports are updated and maintained in the PMO. If necessary, the PMO will remind you about appointments and verified the consistent quality of documents. The Project Management Office serves as a service for the project management of Rimpl Consulting consultants, but is also available as a service to customers.

 


RISK MANAGEMENT

Risk management is viewed by us as part of that discipline of project management that proactively assesses and evaluates hazards, which can become dangerous to a project.

It’s not just the risk identification and regular meetings to review these components of work. The prosecution and any necessary reassessment of risks, which may also lead to the revaluation of strategic decisions in the project, are valuable contributions. These are important in order to maintain the predictability and reliability of a project.

 


CHANGE MANAGEMENT

Through projects change might become necessary in a company, or the change process as such can be delivered with project. If these changes are not limited to systems, but also to employees, to customers or to processes, then controlling this process of change can be an important success factor.

Parties must be informed and involved as soon as possible, so security and acceptance for the change needed can be created at an early stage. The senior consultants of Rimpl Consulting contribute their experience, assist in analysis of the situation, do planning, implementation and communication related to the changes.

 


REQUIREMENTS MANAGEMENT

The development of electronic systems and also the implementation of software require a sophisticated approach to deal with the amount of demands, which are given by the client to the project. „Requirement Analysis“ and the „Requirement Gathering“ have to be considered as the part of a project, when the requirements must fully be understood, complete and functional at the end. But even more important is the growing segment of the „Requirements Management“, i.e. managing the requirements for further analytical work, how to integrate them into the change management process and how to hand them over to configuration management.

Rimpl Consulting provides support for the following topics:

  • Establishment of the requirements engineering process in their respective companies
    Integration of requirements engineering in the process of software / system development via process analysis and optimization of processes
    Conducting evaluations for requirements engineering based on the existing processes

 


QUALITY MANAGEMENT

Quality management has changed considerably in recent decades. In the past the focus was on quality control only. Today, due to an increasing complexity, a holistic quality management process should be in place. It includes both analytical aspects (check for the required quality), as well as constructive aspects (through prevention, for example by drawing up specifications and guidelines for the required quality).

The offer of Rimpl Consulting wants to exceed the level of IT quality in projects and processes and includes:

  • Conducting reviews and inspections
    Implementation of system / component tests
    Implementation of an effective issue management
    Identification and implementation of improvement measures
    Tracking the effectiveness of measures

 


BUSINESS ANALYSIS

The term business analysis summarizes many different tasks, skills and fields of knowledge. We understand under business analysis the bridge between different requirements and areas in a company. The starting point is usually the strategy of a company with all the business processes. We help our customers to establish these requirements to analyse them and to implement the solutions needed for the company.

Our typical business analysis tasks and activities:

  • Analysis and modeling of business processes
    Creation and coordination of business plans
    Preparation of feasibility studies and concepts
    Analysis and specification of requirements
    Evaluations of solution proposals
    Risk management
    Definition of the application architecture and system descriptions
    Cooperation with IT project management, development and quality management
    Program and project management
    Interface between systems / departments and requirements
    Documentation according to the customer’s guidelines with given processes and templates

 


PROCESS CONSULTING

The development of electric and electronic components is constantly gaining in importance. New innovations are significantly influenced by electronics and software. The increasing complexity results in considerable challenges. Process improvements in the processes are required to meeting high quality standards. For structuring  process improvement, process models shall be used.

Based on the models CMMI, V-Model and SPICE Rimpl Consulting provide support for the tasks below:

  • Analysis and development of existing technical business processes
    Modeling and implementation of technical business processes
    Definition and implementation of process and project metrics
    Process control and project management
    Maturity assessment of processes

 


SAFETY MANAGEMENT

With a higher demand on safety and reliability of complex systems change of the existing processes is required. Until now mostly the function of the system was the focus of development, in the future safety and reliability of the system must also be considered during development. This can be achieved by implementation and execution of mature and reliable processes, for example, according to the definitions in SPICE and IEC 61508.

Rimpl Consulting offer this services below:

  •  Methodical security management for the entire lifecycle
    Tailoring, implementation and monitoring of appropriate processes (CMMI, SPICE, IEC 61508, CD 26262, DO-178B)

 


SOFTWARE AND SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT

Innovative software and system solutions are not an end in itself, but rather orientated and aligned in the specific needs of its customer.

We offer a comprehensive, professional services around software and system development. As an independent technology and process partner we stand for highly qualified advisory services. Based on our best-practice experiences, we develop tailor-made concepts and solutions. Rimpl Consulting help you to define strategies for efficient software development and implementation. We support your company in all phases of development process, such as in requirement specification, conception and software architecture, modeling, project management, quality assurance and deployment.

If offshore development is an issue for you, we will help you with our knowledge and experience as well.

 


SOFTWARE ARCHITECTURE

You often hear comparisons between the software and the construction industry and that one can still learn so much from the construction industry in terms of planning security, risk management, and so on. This comparison is flawed, because not even in obstruction projects are always according to plan…

For Architecture matters this comparison is absolutely right: Only a solid and carefully designed architecture can unusual perform. This takes effect in the construction business as well as in software development. Wrong decisions in architecture can shut many doors for future developments, or even jeopardize standard functions. This applies for buildings and is indeed transferable into software development. But what exactly is Software Architecture? How can I plan robustness? How to build a secure future? And finally: What belongs into software architecture specifications? These questions cannot be answered easily, they are business- and project-dependent.

Our experienced consultants can provide valuable support and knowledge from many other projects to questions and planning above.

 


AUTOSAR CONSULTING AND TRAINING

The automotive industry has realized that the AUTOSAR standard has to be implemented in the near future. OEMs and suppliers are preparing according to the standard with different strategies in order to be optimally positioned when the client and / or competition begin to demand this standard. Rimpl Consulting offers multi-layered support for these preparations.

When Companies implement the concepts of this new standard, they should not alienate too much the existing, functioning processes, but should get tangible benefits out of these new concepts. We assist in the identification of the customer especially valuable concept constituents and help to implement them within the company.

Another aspect is the specific use of tools to achieve the AUTOSAR compliance. Tool vendors are entering the market and promote their products. We assist in the selection and in the implementation of tools to support the engineering process optimally.

Also Rimpl Consulting offers its customers active support in the participation in the working groups of the consortium. Often it is difficult for experienced and trained employees to free their time for attending these consortium groups. The senior consultants from Rimpl Consulting are able to attend on behalf of the employees, who can remain in their projects. The consultant will inform regularly about developments and decisions in the consortium.

Due to the fact that the AUTOSAR standard is becoming more and more important, employees have to be introduced to the new concepts, methods and tools. Rimpl Consulting offers customized training for this purpose, which are tailored to the client’s needs.

The base product is the introduction to AUTOSAR. During this training module employees are introduced to the original aims of the consortium, and the means by which these objectives have to be achieved. An introduction to the AUTOSAR methodology, as well as in the standard way the specification of AUTOSAR compliant systems is included as well in the training, such as practical exercises based on examples from the group of participants.

The introduction to the AUTOSAR software architecture provides valuable knowledge about the structure of the AUTOSAR basic software. Which modules do what? How do the interfaces look like? What are the dangerous traps into which one could walk into it? The introduction to this architecture helps effectively when starting a concrete AUTOSAR project in the company.

Between application and basic software the runtime environment can be found. The training “AUTOSAR Runtime Environment” helps to understand how this central layer in the AUTOSAR software architecture works, how and with what tools, this layer may be generated and what it does in detail.

With the AUTOSAR training of Rimpl Consulting you can prepare your team for the new challenges. The detailed contents of the training courses can be tailored to achieve the desired training effect.

 


APPLICATION LIFECYCLE MANAGEMENT

Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) includes the entire lifecycle of an application, in addition to the Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC). The entire lifecycle starts with the initial idea until bringing the software into operations. Our approach is to connect and support the involved departments and teams during the whole processes.

We support our customers in developing and implementing a suitable solution for an application-lifecycle management process. Our broad experience also entitles us to help with selecting the right tool set including a successful implementation afterwards.

Our qualifications and the wide range of project experience support during all project phases of ALM implementation:

  •  Methodical security management for the entire lifecycle
  • Advising IT projects on ALM (Design & Architecture Review, Compliance requirements, security concepts, etc.)
  • Analysis, definition and optimization of relevant ALM processes
  • Requirements and stakeholder analysis
  • Select the appropriate ALM system
  • Design of a suitable ALM solution
  • Planning and controlling the rollout
  • Supplier control
  • Project management
  • Incident handling, control of compliance with ALM processes
  • Interface function to other functional areas (for example, design, HW development, product management, IT)

 


INFORMATION SECURITY AND DATA PRIVACY

With well-founded qualifications and a wide range of project experience, we can advise you in the field of IT security. We deliver the highest quality services and support in all project phases.

In the area of information security, we can offer you comprehensive services (among others) below:

  •  Advising IT projects on security issues (design & architecture review, required security checks, compliance requirements, security concepts, security audits, etc.)
  • Determination of IT security requirements / specification of protection requirements
  • Definition of IT Security Guidelines (Advisory, Risk & Regulatory)
  • IT Security Management according to ISO 27001 and BSI-Grundschutz
  • IT Risk & weakness analysis (assessment of risks & determination of measures)
  • Incident handling, compliance with IT security guidelines
  • Planning, coordinating and tracking penetration tests and scanning processes
  • Source code analysis (including OWASP Top 10 / CWE-SANS / HP Fortify)
  • Methods for ensuring data protection (eg according to BDSG)
  • Implementation of security awareness measures