Category Archives: IT Finance

Will it all go to the cloud?

Whether done with the support of an outsourcing partner or done in house with your own staff, most IT in most enterprises is still done locally. Cloud vendors (the -as-a-service types) follow the logic of Nicholas Carr (The Big Switch) … Continue reading

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Half of what you have

Most managers have lived through cutbacks, especially when the economy turns down. We’re asked to give up 5% … 10% … maybe, in a really bad year, 20%. What if you were told “half” — give up half of all … Continue reading

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The basics of Total Cost to Own & Operate (TCOO)

So, you’ve decided you’d like to look at what the metric “Total Cost to Own and Operate” (TCOO) can do for you. Good! Here’s how to get started, if you’re an enterprise architect: Define all your existing platforms. A platform … Continue reading

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Are You Doing a Good Job?

How does the IT organisation manage to tell the rest of the business if it’s doing a good job? Other functions apparently have an easier time of it. For sales, it’s dead simple: you made plan, or you didn’t. Finance … Continue reading

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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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