Monthly Archives: April 2012

Time to Get Beyond “Best Practices”

Last week I had one of “those conversations” with a prospect, one who was convinced that if I just told him the “best practices” being followed elsewhere that he, and his company, would be well off. It’s a chimera, “best … Continue reading

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When Too Much Security Limits You

I’ve been approached many times for my thoughts on the subject of security. In each case, the IT group asking was looking for advice on how better to secure systems, stop end users from modifying their computing environments, how to … Continue reading

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Minding the Gaps

Business managers who think about IT tend to think about it in terms of large projects. This is probably a normal state of affairs: the original systems they asked for were built that way, and the packages that replaced them … Continue reading

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Get Results, or Stop and Move On

Those of us that have been concerned with improving companies’ returns on their investments in technology have advocated portfolio management disciplines for years. The track record for these, where the approach has been tried, has been excellent. Companies have come … Continue reading

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Getting on Plan Requires … Replanning

When you first get a Global Positioning System (GPS) wayfinder for your car, it takes a bit of time to get used to trusting the device. GPS systems often ignore the efforts of traffic planners who have carefully routed around … Continue reading

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Managing the IT Portfolio without Myths

When it comes to IT portfolios, there are myths piled upon myths. One of the most frequent ones I come across has to do with the amount of money that’s already been spent on a portion of the portfolio. “We … Continue reading

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Does Your Group Know “The Story”

Almost every organization I talk to has gone through an elaborate process to redefine its vision and mission statements, and to produce structured statements of goals and objectives. These, in turn, are translated downward into divisions, departments, and finally workgroups. … Continue reading

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