Monthly Archives: June 2012

How do you know what differentiates your enterprise?

In previous posts, I have talked about the notion that some of the IT portfolio provides services that are common to any organization, regardless of its nature, and that some of the portfolio provides services that are part of what … Continue reading

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Your Total Cost to Own and Operate

“Total Cost of Ownership” models date back to the early 1990s. They are a useful tool to compare stacks (hardware + operating system + middleware + packages + skill demand) when making choices between deploying one or another of these. … Continue reading

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Base Costs of “Being in the Game”

For too long, enterprises have tried to do “IT on the cheap”. By that, I don’t mean that they don’t spend a lot of money on it. I’m also not someone who thinks the amount your should spend is formulaic: … Continue reading

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Common Needs and Differentiation

There are two different kinds of need for information technology in the typical enterprise. Unfortunately, most of us have implemented three kinds — and that is the source of more value destruction than any other thing we do in IT. … Continue reading

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Don’t Jam the Process into a Package

It has been said of IT organizations that, in the past decade, they have suffered from process myopia. Partly this is due to the transition of IT provisioning from a fundamentally “build” model to a “package implementation” model: package vendors … Continue reading

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Information vs System Continuity

Business continuity plans continue to often be domiciled in the IT organization. They also continue, far too often, to focus around the “critical systems”. What this boils down to, of course, is money. Which business areas think it’s worth taking … Continue reading

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Governing the IT Value Chain

One of the key tasks of the Governance Board is to ensure that appropriate policies for the IT Value Chain are put into effect — and used. These are designed to ensure a steady flow of value-enhancing ideas into the … Continue reading

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