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The Dark Art of IT Investment

April 30, 2009

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Companies have struggled during years with the allocation of their investments. Is 50% of them going to business infrastructure a good thing, should we not invest more in protecting our brand or increasing our operational efficiency? One of the underlying complexities is the relationship between level of investment and the expected value we get from […]

Leading Ideas … About Changes

April 28, 2009

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“The acceleration of this phenomenon means that children today ask their grand parents – and soon it will be their parents – what the world was like in their days. This has not always been the case, but we tend to forget it.” Extract from: “Sharing knowledge – Francois Dupuy – 2004” “It is not […]

Integrate IT in the Company Investment Portfolio

April 24, 2009

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Information technology alone does not create any value. The quality of its integration as a whole within the Enterprise’s strategy does. Considering the value of individual IT related projects could hinder the optimization of the overall investment allocation. To address this weakness, techniques such as Project Portfolio Management (PPM), have been introduced in IT for […]

CIOs – Don’t fall for Greed Computing

April 17, 2009

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For decades, IT has made Enterprises more performing by processing Information, automating processes, opening new opportunities channels, capturing real-time data, improving the collabaration of business partners, developping online value added services. This commitment of performance was driven by the necessity to be competitive, and beat other players in the same field of business. Being performant […]

Complementary Reading …

April 16, 2009

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There is an interesting PWC article “The Next-Generation CIO” that I recommend in complement of one of my previous post “CIOs – Create your Blue Ocean Strategy“. I particulary enjoy the take on the “I” for CIO: Intelligence, Innovation, Integration, Insight, Instigation, Influence. The framework they provide in this article stresses the complexity of the […]

Is there such thing as IT Strategy anymore.

April 14, 2009

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For decades now, companies have been trying to figure out what was the best IT strategy for their business. With the increasing demand of cost reduction, the large spread of service best practices (ITIL, CoBIT, CMMi, etc…), the development of strategic sourcing in IT, the consolidation of Enterprise Solution Vendors (Oracle, SAP, etc..) , we […]

CIOs – Create your “Blue Ocean Strategy”

April 6, 2009

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The reason why IT departments might be perceived as cost, could be rooted in the way they act like suppliers: using internal SLAs, launching customer survey, reallocating shared services expenses etc… The market trend shows the irreversible success of outsourcing model versus internal support. CIOs should reconsider their positionning within the Enterprise, and stop competing […]