Next Generation Enterprise

Does Cloud+Consumerization Doom the Federated IT Operating Model?

The Federated IT Operating Model is Under Threat!
Today, most organizations employ some sort of Federated IT Operating Model.  Wikipedia defines a federation as:
…characterized by a union of partially self-governing states or regions united by a central (federal) government. In a federation, the self-governing status of the component states, as well as the division of power […]

By |August 7th, 2012|Business-IT Governance, Change Management, IT Management, Next Generation Enterprise, Next Generation IT|Comments Off on Does Cloud+Consumerization Doom the Federated IT Operating Model?

The Semantic Wiki – Driving IT Organizational Clarity and Performance: Part 3

This is the 3rd and final part of a 3-part post.  (See Part 1 here and Part 2 here.)  This short series represents the culmination of 5+ years of work for my business partner, Roy Youngman, and me.
A Quick Recap
In Part 1, I discussed the frustration Roy and I felt with the state of management […]

The Semantic Wiki – Driving IT Organizational Clarity and Performance: Part 2

This is the 2nd in a 3-part post representing the culmination of 5+ years of work for my business partner, Roy Youngman and me.
A Quick Recap
Roy and I had become frustrated with the state of management consulting and the lack of “stickiness” with our consulting work.  In helping clients develop business-IT strategies and realign their […]

By |February 23rd, 2012|IT Management, Next Generation Enterprise, Next Generation IT, Useful Tools, Web 2.0|Comments Off on The Semantic Wiki – Driving IT Organizational Clarity and Performance: Part 2

Changing the Culture of an IT Organization – One Wiki Page at a Time!

I’ve been a student of IT organizational culture since I began my management consulting career some 30+ years ago.  It’s wrong, of course, to generalize too broadly, but I’ve worked with literally hundreds of large enterprise IT organizations (i.e., IT organizations of 250+ members) and have seen more commonalities than differences.  Of course, within any […]

More Hurdles in the Shift from Documents to Wikis

Last week, I posted about The Painful But Rewarding Shift from Documents to Wikis.  In the post I shared some of the lessons my partner and I have learned from our experiences helping IT organizations shift to a Wiki approach for creating organizational clarity and getting people in the organization to engage in continuous improvement.  […]

By |September 21st, 2011|Change Management, IT Management, Next Generation Enterprise, Next Generation IT, social networking, Web 2.0|Comments Off on More Hurdles in the Shift from Documents to Wikis

The Painful But Rewarding Shift from Documents to Wikis

I posted recently on the question, Can Social Media Significantly Improve the Ways IT Work Is Performed?  The post began to share some of the lessons learned as I continue to work with IT organizations that are pushing into the “social media” age and using tools such as Wikis and Social Networking to drive IT […]

By |September 13th, 2011|Change Management, IT Management, Next Generation Enterprise, Next Generation IT, social networking, Web 2.0|Comments Off on The Painful But Rewarding Shift from Documents to Wikis

Can Social Media Significantly Improve the Ways IT Work is Performed?

It’s been a while since I posted to this blog.  My excuse, if one is needed, is that I started a new business venture earlier this year.  Unfortunately, shortly after incorporating the company, I was admitted to hospital for quintuple heart bypass surgery!  I’m pleased to say that while I’m more than fully recovered from […]

Three Ways To Increase IT Organizational Agility

Back in a September 2010 post, I asked, “How Agile Is Your IT Organization?  How Would You Know?”  The question came about as part of a research project I’m involved in through my affiliation with Formicio.  The aim of the research is to identify the factors that make IT organizations agile and […]

By |January 11th, 2011|Business-IT Governance, Change Management, IS Management, IT Infrastructure, IT Management, Next Generation Enterprise, Next Generation IT|Comments Off on Three Ways To Increase IT Organizational Agility

Do You Approach Strategy Formulation as an Event or a Continuous Process?

I find that most strategy efforts aren’t very strategic.  Nor do they have much real impact, or lead to significant change.
The Problems with Traditional Strategy Formulation Approaches
I think the supporting evidence for my findings lies in the fact that most companies either:

Don’t undertake strategy formulation initiatives unless they feel they have to (e.g., 5 […]

From Business-IT Alignment to Business-IT Convergence

I’ve posted before on the emergent confluence between business and IT.  I’ve also discussed the shift from Business-IT Alignment to Business-IT Convergence as an aspect of increasing business and IT maturity.  I’ve noted (Goodbye, Shadow IT – Hello, Shadow IT) that ‘Shadow IT’, often viewed as a problem to be solved might be more appropriately […]

By |August 17th, 2010|Business-IT Governance, Demand Maturity, IT Management, Next Generation Enterprise, Next Generation IT, Web 2.0|Comments Off on From Business-IT Alignment to Business-IT Convergence