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Common Failure Modes in Business Relationship Management – Part 4

This is the fourth and penultimate in a series of  posts about common failure modes I come across in the deployment of a Business Relationship Management (BRM) role and/or capability. In Parts 1, 2 and 3 in this series I discussed six common failure modes: Failure Mode #1: Where the BRM is positioned as the [...]

Why It's Time to Re-Think IT Funding Models! – Part 1 of 3

The Live 3rd Rail! Recently, a colleague said to me about a client, "It's time to raise the subject of their IT funding model.  The current model is causing all sorts of dysfunctional behaviors!"  My response was, "You are right - but I really don't want to go there just yet.  I don't think they're [...]

Do You Have IT Organizational Clarity – Part 3

This picks up on Part 1 and Part 2 in this series on IT Organizational Clarity. In Part 1, I discussed the importance of IT Organizational Clarity, the symptoms when clarity is compromised, and the challenges of trying to address those symptoms rather than the root causes that lead to compromised clarity.  Part 1 closed [...]

The Challenge of Sustainable Software

Just about everyone has become attuned over the last few years to the concept of sustainability.  Except, it seems, when it comes to software practices.  In most IT environments, by far the largest chunk of costs associated with a given piece of software, surface after it is initially delivered.  That is true of purchased packages, [...]

How "IT-Savvy" Is Your Company? Why Does That Matter?

Regular readers will know that from time to time I refer to research by Peter Weill, Chairman & Senior Research Scientist, Center for Information Systems Research (CISR) at the MIT Sloan School of Management.  I've had the privilege of knowing Dr. Weill for many years, and having collaborated with him on several multi-company research initiatives. [...]

Don't Look for ROI on Enterprise 2.0 – Look for Value!

Dion Hinchcliffe had a superb post on Determining the ROI of Enterprise 2.0.  The post cites several authoritative and useful sources on the subject.  It also hypothesizes several reasons for the mostly "wait and see" attitude currently taken by most IT leaders and business managers. But I mainly want to focus on the business case [...]

Supposing You Funded IT Like a Charitable Donation?

I've had this IT funding fantasy for years (I know, it's really sad that my more exciting fantasies are to do with IT funding scenarios!) Supposing the CIO had to do a fund drive every year or every six months the way our local National Public Radio stations had to operate in order to fund [...]

IT Infrastructure, Options, and Cost-Benefit Analysis

There was a piece on National Public Radio this morning that got me thinking about IT infrastructure funding.  I think this is especially relevant as companies consider Web 2.0 technologies and ask the inevitable question - "What's the value proposition?"  It's a great question, unless that question gets morphed (as it so often does) into [...]

Managing IT Infrastructure vs. Platforms

I was in an interesting discussion with one of my consulting clients recently.  I was with a group of IT managers responsible for their firm's shared IT assets.  This is a large, global enterprise that has been on an aggressive journey over the last 5 years to transform business-IT maturity.  By any measure, they have been [...]

New Year's Resolutions for Reaching Level 3

  Some suggestions for IT leaders who are determined to drive up the business value and impact of Information Technology during 2008: I resolve to be more effective in raising awareness of the potential for information technology to drive business growth.  I will bring 'marketing thinking' to my IT organization, and focus on improving our [...]