Archive for the ‘Resources’ Category

Enemies of IT: The Speed of Business

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

The right implementation of information technology and systems can drastically and immediately improve a workplace. It is this quick turnaround from implementation to tangible benefits that causes many business executives to push for an equally quick implementation of these technologies. However, IT managers need to keep executives’ over zealous timelines in check.

Building The TPS House For IT Management

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

So, I am need of a recognizable icon representing Lean for my book rewrite, and of course I thought of the famous Toyota Production System “house.” (Some are now calling it the “Thinking Person’s System.) As far as I know the concept is not copyrighted, if I build my own representation from scratch.

This led to the question, has anyone ever attempted a mapping of IT onto that house? Google isn’t showing me anything.


Know Thy Audience, End-User

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

In IT, technology decisions and policies can ultimately affect and involve end-users. The CIO of NASA, Linda Cureton, argues on herblog that IT professionals live life in an IT “Flatland” where we do not always have the end user’s needs in mind. Flatland is an allusion to “Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions.” The 19th century story, about characters being flat triangles, lines, and other polygons, is often used to illustrate the inability to infer dimensions outside our realm of sense.

Enemies of IT: Requirements Creep

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

Information Technology can be loosely defined as implementing technology to improve upon a business process. Many businesses fail to properly document the full procedure and scope of a business process, as many processes are generally handed down from one worker with the responsibility to others that replace them and/or others that get hired to assist with that particular process. For this reason, when IT is called in to alleviate some sort of burden or otherwise improve upon one of these business processes, requirements creep is a byproduct of the lack of an existing, well-defined, and/or documented business process. Here’s a few things IT management should do to combat requirements creep:


Useful Open Source Project Management Tools

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

SOS Open Source has been used to find and select open source web-based project management with issue-tracking and time-tracking tools to manage multiple IT projects, possibly localized in Italian (or at least open for internazionalization and localization).


Showing The Value Of IT To Your Business

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

Here are several excerpts from an article by Dan Woods, CTO and Editor of Evolved Technologist, The Over-Commited CTO:

What Is A Configuration Management Database?

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

The concept of the Configuration Management Database extends back at least 15 years, to the first version of the Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL). It has proven a provocative concept for the management of enterprise information technology, attracting enthusiastic support, vendor investment and marketing, and fierce criticism. 


Start Your Process With Future State

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

As I have mentioned in numerous posts over the last several months, I am finding that things like process, governance, architecture, SOA, cloud computing, and others are much easier in my new startup world than in my old corporate world that I battled in since the 80’s. Even though I never intend to return to the corporate world I feel obligated to share with my colleagues in the corporate world because I know how hard it can be innovate and promote change in established cultures. In part one on process, I recommended creating a startup atmosphere by building a small team free from the constraints of the corporate setting.


Using “aaS” To Achieve Business And IT Alignment

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

Here’s a very informative article by Max Coburn and Margaret Dawson of Hubspan which summarizes a presentation that will be given at Cloud Expo later this month, Which “aaS” Is Right for You?. Check out the complete source article for much more, including a brief synopsis of current aaS variants, when you should consider them, and what the future might hold for this technology.


Modernizing Your Data Center With Cloud Computing

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

There is a huge debate going on about private clouds and whether they are really clouds or just a buzzword for modern day on-premise data-centers. An article called Are Private Clouds Hogwash? does a great job of capturing the debate that has been raging on for over a year now.