Category Archives: Asset Portfolios

If the IT you have didn’t exist, what would you put in its place?

Here’s a thought experiment for you. Suppose you didn’t have any information technology in your workplace? What would you choose to do, with no pre-existing investments getting in the way? Let’s presume, for a moment, that you’re an office-centred business. … Continue reading

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Rebalancing is an ongoing task

All asset portfolios in an enterprise must be periodically renovated, refurbished and replaced. That’s certainly true for software assets. Software is designed at a point in time, and reflects work as it was understood then. Eventually the deviation between old … Continue reading

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The core governance decisions

IT governance is a noxious task, yet leaving it undone — or asking the Chief Information Officer to bear the load alone — is a recipe for trouble. I have written at length about the Governance Board, and how it … Continue reading

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Learning to see differently

There’s a long running tension in IT between centralisation and decentralisation. Processing more data, after all, simply requires more resources. More storage, more computing power — but the software is (probably) the same. (The “probably” reflects the fact that different … Continue reading

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Who do you serve?

Information Technology groups frustrate the rest of the people in the organisation because they’re not seen as serving their needs. That is a trite statement: the battle between users and technologists is an old one. Still, what could you be … Continue reading

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“Good enough” is good enough

In a comment exchange here a few days back, John DiMarco made some observations about how he’s handling total cost of ownership and operation (TCOO) that made a great deal of sense, so much so that today I want to … Continue reading

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IT spending to fall: what should you spend on?

There’s a presumption that growth should always be occurring. Vendors count on it; most managers do, too. What if that’s not true? For enterprise IT, that’s in the immediate future. (Take a good hard look at how this year’s “growth” … Continue reading

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