|Just Think About It
as a group, tend to be action-oriented. We measure ourselves,
our importance and our effectiveness in part by the level
of activity around us. The louder the hum of machinery,
the faster the shuffle of feet in the corridor and the
larger the proportion of time we spend in meetings, the
better things must be. Stuff is happening, and that's
what we're supposed to do: make things happen
of us in IT tend to see the world through the lens of
problems and solutions. Our entire work lives are devoted
to solving problems. One after the other, we knock them
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And Deploying Human Centric Processes
lot of effort has been carried out in the last years to
reengineer processes in order to automate all or parts
of them. A great number of companies have changed their
processes as a result of the introduction of new software
systems, aimed to streamline the management of the back
and front office. Companies have even taken care of processes
crossing the company boundaries in order to optimize communications
with clients, providers and partners.
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Leadership Is Not Just For CIOs Anymore
live in interesting times. Not so long ago, we IT practitioners
may as well have dressed in capes and pointy hats with
stars and moons on them. What we did was a mystery to
the rest of the company and had a whiff of magic. Then
like a magic trick gone bad, there was a huge puff of
smoke on Wall Street and voila! We were standing in our
underwear for all the world to see.
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For Better Email Management Remains A Top Challenge
the need for better management of email-based collaboration
and content remains a top challenge, according to IDC.
With 12 billion spam messages to be sent daily next year
in North America alone, in addition to 13 billion person-to-person
emails and 6 billion email alerts and notifications, email
solution providers and their customers must act to ensure
that email remains an effective tool for business and
IT Spending To Grow
comparative estimates from leading industry analysts and
research firms, this report provides a comprehensive look
at exactly how technology spending will unfold in 2004.
Find out what you need to know about this vast and reenergized
market in this new IT Spending report.
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offerings - SAS IT Resource Management, SAS IT Charge
Management, SAS IT Service Level Management and SAS IT
Value Management - help ensure that information technology
systems perform as designed, accommodate consumption and
growth, operate efficiently and deliver the greatest business
discovered that most of the time, when executives tell
me that "what we need around here is more accountability,"
what they really mean is, "I need to know who I should
blame when things go wrong."
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you have Microsoft Great Plains and support it for your
company then you need to know typical set of problems
you have in Great Plains and their fixes to have Great
Plains run smoothly in your company.
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often, service providers don't want to help the customer
after the contract is signed. It's company policy not
to exceed customer expectations. Giving the customer great
service costs more than it's worth. They know that they
don't have to dazzle you to keep your business.
QuickBase is Web-based, so you can view the latest information,
then share it instantly with anyone on your team. No more
details falling through the cracks or not knowing who
was responsible for a particular task.
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IT Services Market Poised for Rapid Growth
market for IT services around Linux and other open source
software projects is expected to more than double between
now and 2008, according to International Data Corp, but
will remain a small percentage of the overall services
frequently called upon to help figure out what to do with
a project that might be in trouble. Of course, determining
whether a project is in trouble is often not a trivial
problem. We like to talk about troubled projects as if
there were a single bit that visibly flipped from one
to zero, but unfortunately it's not that easy. While the
symptoms presented vary widely, there are a few questions
that I always ask to help determine whether the project
is indeed in trouble. Some questions are deceptively simple
with surprisingly subtle answers. Perhaps the most important
is, "How will you know when you're done?"
Software Management Costs by up to 20%
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The Outsourcing Map
Architecture: A Rose By Any Other Name ...
more web practitioners have assumed the title of Information
Architect to describe the work they do, and as more information
architects (and user experience designers and user interface
designers and information designers) are multitasking
on reduced staffs, information architects have uncovered
a wide range of ways to view both the practice and ourselves
practicing. Unfortunately, a common response to this multiplicity
has been to reiterate certain narrow definitions of information
architecture, to impatiently seek consensus, and to view
with suspicion those who don't fit.
We Have To Fear
I've had a troubling sense that there is a cancer growing
in IT departments these days. No, I'm not talking about
constrained budgets, poor alignment, hiring freezes or
project failures. I'm not even talking about the growth
of outsourcing and offshoring. While these issues are
all real, there seems to be something even more toxic
eating away at our industry. What could possibly be more
threatening to IT staffs than offshoring? Fear of offshoring.
Upgrades Can Deliver Significant ROI
of the core utilities IT provides to an organization is
messaging services, including e-mail, calendaring, task
management and collaboration. This utility is surprisingly
expensive, especially if the organization runs prior-generation
e-mail platforms. A typical Microsoft Exchange 5.5 solution
has direct costs of more than $350 per user, per year,
including hardware, software, IT operations, support and
administration, and overhead. Older versions of same generation
e-mail solutions like IBM Lotus Notes are similarly expensive.
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Is Caching? How Does It Apply to the Web?
Caching is a well-known concept in computer science: when
programs continually access the same set of instructions,
a massive performance benefit can be realized by storing
those instructions in RAM. This prevents the program from
having to access the disk thousands or even millions of
times during execution by quickly retrieving them from
Of Web Site Acceleration Part 1
This paper outlines a common sense, cost-effective approach
to lowering total cost of ownership and improving Web
site and Web application performance according to two
Development Project: Phases Overview
materials discussing the phases of a software development
project are intended for the developer community. I decided
to take a different look at the issue and help those novices
who are going to outsource a software development project
to an outsource service provider (OSP).
Approaching Its Golden Age, Not the Ice Age
Research’s latest quarterly survey of corporate decision-makers
reinforces the optimism that we’ve been expressing since
early this year: Although we will not see anything close
to the wild ride we experienced in 1999 and 2000, stability
is finally coming to IT spending patterns and technology
markets, which will benefit established companies. I write
this positive outlook amid a growing backdrop of negativism
on the future and the importance of IT markets.
The Value Of HR Solutions
best way to build broad endorsement -- and gain financial
approval -- for new investments in HR solutions is to
build a comprehensive business case that pinpoints all
costs, potential benefits, and even project risks. This
goes deeper than the simple calculation of ROI = net benefits/total
costs, and ultimately, acts as a management tool to ensure
that the project stays on course.
New IT Leaders
of the great privileges and responsibilities of leadership
is identifying and training the next generation of managers
and leaders. Somewhere in between crisis management, contract
negotiations, internal politics, status monitoring and
your myriad other tasks, you should spend a few moments
considering the future leadership of your organization.
You Put Your PCs Out To Pasture?
shipments to businesses are expected to be substantial
in 2004, with a projected 12.7% increase compared with
2003, according to International Data Corp. This is good
news for corporate users who have been waiting patiently
to invest in much-needed PC upgrades.
IT management lets agencies conserve
spending on information technology is leveling off, and
the number of new projects planned for 2005 is a fraction
of what it has been in recent years.
But that doesn’t mean workers can expect a return to the
bad old days of sharing desktop computers or limping along
with outdated software.
The Continuous Backup Revolution
businesses secure their information infrastructure by
regularly backing it up onto tape. Some have gone further,
enhancing their backup strategy with expensive disk arrays
and mirroring. Whether an earthquake, a flood, a blackout
or a hard disk failure should catch them by surprise,
these backups would ensure the survival of their information.
Should human or software error (which account for approximately
40% of all application-related disasters) corrupt their
data, they would simply reach for a recent backup, which
would help them back on their feet.
most corporations, taking ownership of an intranet is
an unglamorous, exhausting, and thankless job for a new
intranet manager. Many corporate intranets lack thoughtful,
focused, and disciplined design and are often extremely
large and unwieldy. Fixing these intranets can seem an
impossible and futile task.
vendors have accepted the fact that closing deals today
requires proving that their products deliver substantial
value. But, with some budget relief in sight for 2004,
vendors may be optimistic about the return of the happy
days of pre-bubble selling -- and they could abandon their
commitment to ROI-based selling programs.
and their organizations are under increasing pressure
to perform more with less: more operational support and
delivery capabilities with less funding, headcount and
executive understanding. Not only must a CIO keep the
organizational "lights" on, but projects must be completed
on time and under budget, reaction to customer requests
must be timely and of the highest priority, plans must
be strategic, and headcount must continually be adjusted
To Quantify Downtime
the cost of downtime can help you gain funding for technologies
that enhance performance and mitigate downtime risks.
Yet most organizations have a difficult time calculating
the losses associated with downtime because of its complexity.
On IT Trainings
the present day scenario, every organization dreams to
create a niche that is beneficial for both the organization
and the employee. With the changing times, the need for
keeping oneself abreast with the latest in the industry
impacts the actions and strategies an organization may
employ to survive. Day to day variations in the industry
in turn sets the pace of change that an organization sees
in every sphere or area of its functionality.
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Compliancy And Certification
Compliancy with BS7799 requires an organisation to have
implemented and documented their Information Security
Management System (ISMS) in accordance with the control
objectives set out in the BS7799-1:2000 documentation.
BS7799 For You?
is the UK national standard for best practice in information
security derived from the International Standard ISO/IEC
17799:2000. This standard comes in two parts and replaces
BS 7799-1:1999 which has now been withdrawn.
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A Project Overseas
decided to outsource your project, you sent out Requests
for Proposal, you evaluated the proposals that you received,
and you finally found out that the outsource service provider
(OSP) whose proposal best fits your requirements is an
overseas company... Is it a disappointment to you?
Management – Buzz Words Or Real Value?
lot of people look at change management as something they
should have, but typically do not put the effort into
creating processes that are easy to follow and repeatable.
At most organizations, processes and procedures are usually
‘nice to haves’ and only become important when there is
a problem. Once a major issue is identified, due to a
mistake or implementing changes before they were ready
to be deployed to end users, do the discussions begin.
The Golden Rule: How To Retain Your Best People
seems so simple, doesn't it? "Do unto others as you would
have them do unto you." The Golden Rule seems so universal
that it should be a panacea for all human relations. Simply
treat everyone the way you would like to be treated and
everything will flow smooth as silk, right?
Time Project Managers Need Failures
an IT project is very difficult; especially the first
time you try it. The project manager’s days and nights
are filled with stress, worry, dreams, aspirations and
fear. Some first timers are overwhelmed by their newfound
power while some are weighed down by the responsibility.
But for most, the overriding concern is to avoid both
personal and project failure.
Content Management Predictions For 2004
is the year when web content comes of age. Organizations
will slowly stop viewing content as some cost that needs
to be managed. Instead, they will begin to see content
as an asset that can drive profits and productivity. A
new role will emerge within many organizations: the publisher/editor.
A Business Continuance Program Should Be In Your Future
summer's blackouts in the U.S. and Canada have reminded
many people of the fear and confusion that marked the
events of September 11. For others, however, they posed
the perfect opportunity to verify just how well they had
prepared for rough times.
A Request For Proposal
a Request for Proposal (RFP) takes a lot of time and effort.
Gwen Hannah, President of Trillium Employee Services,
says, "Writing an RFP can be a daunting task. Because
of this, many people don't devote enough time and energy
in preparing an RFP.
Offshore: A Forced Trend?
is generally held as a good idea to turn IT operations
and especially IT development over to external providers,
as it significantly saves on staff, equipment, training
and maintenance, as well as it allows customers to concentrate
more on business. However, the lack of IT professionals
in developed countries reached critical proportions, with
340, 000 vacant IT positions in the USA alone. This fact
makes outsourcing increasingly challenging and expensive.
The solution is, therefore, to go offshore.
The Year-End Planning Ritual
again, 'tis the season for annual planning, an exercise
that fills managers with hope, dread, despair and anticipation.
It's a time when we contemplate the future of our organizations,
technology and personal fortunes.
For most companies, the planning process takes place in
a management meeting that can last as little as a few
hours or as long as a week. But most of the agendas for
these meetings are basically the same. They include: