Category Archives: Information

“If an experiment is sweet, you go ahead and do it” doesn’t belong in business

Robert Oppenheimer, working at Los Alamos during the development of the atomic bomb, was asked once why he’d done it. “If an experiment is sweet, you go ahead and do it”, he said. A lot of chatter in business today … 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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Teachable moments

Most IT systems deployed to this point are designed to do two things: monitor and control operations, or portray information (e.g. business intelligence systems). Knowledge management was brought forward as a third leg — capturing, coding and using knowledge gained … Continue reading

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Breaking up the monoliths

I worked with a fellow analyst in the 1990s who used to stand on stage and say that buying SAP was a lot like pouring concrete over an organization. That’s not a dig at SAP — you could have said … Continue reading

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What do CEOs want from IT?

Very senior leaders of organizations are seldom very good at giving IT the direction IT wants. Expecting that to change is to play a fool’s game. It has nothing to do with the “technological awareness” of CEOs, COOs and the … Continue reading

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The “Data Bus” Concept

Back in the early days of computing, when I worked on RCA, Burroughs, Univac, Honeywell and IBM mainframes, all of them had the same basic model of data in play. Data belonged to applications. Through all the changes since the … Continue reading

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Gatekeepers keep processes flowing

There’s a tendency, in IT situations, to try and encode the many options that may occur in the handling of a process into the application that is created (or purchased) to handle the process. But leading organizations — ones that … Continue reading

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