Category Archives: Strategic positioning

Getting past the impulse to order everything

There’s a constant temptation in management more generally, and IT specifically, to presume that everything not only can be ordered, but that it ought to be. Perhaps, for IT people, it comes from the origins of the work. The original … Continue reading

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Portfolio classes for the greater recession

In an economy that doesn’t move forward easily if at all, the traditional classes in portfolio planning aren’t enough. A Governing Board needs to establish a mix designed to deal with a long period of malaise. That would be now, … 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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Getting to the basics

It’s amazing how many enterprises don’t have the basics agreed to, even after all these years. Take your basic insurance company. It doesn’t matter what kind, as long as it’s customer facing. Let’s take property and casualty. What’s good customer … Continue reading

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Keeping it small

Organizations exist to grow. (It’s why we make the transition from being a solo practitioner to thinking about working with others, and, of course, organizations create room for newcomers to learn “on the job”, making them ideal for new entrants … Continue reading

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Building in Operational Control

Shortly after Enron blew up, most enterprises undertook a multi-year effort to tighten operational control, under the rubric of “compliance”. The presumption was that, if executives were going to be legally-bound to “know” the operational state of the enterprise, then … 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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