Re: Top 5 causes of IT project failures – an insurer’s view

Tony Cox of Computer Weekly described the Top 5 causes of IT project failures by analyzing the records of project insurer Hiscox. Comment: Funny how all five normally occur before most people think the project has even started. BTW I hope that somewhere during my career there will be a time when there won’t be aContinue reading “Re: Top 5 causes of IT project failures – an insurer’s view”

Service or Application? -Same difference! – Let’s Speak Value – – – – streams

On this blog a lively debate has been going on about whether using the term applications instead of services is an acceptable service management practice. Many may say we have reached the “How many angels can dance on the head of a pin?” stage here. But if service management is about managing services, would itContinue reading “Service or Application? -Same difference! – Let’s Speak Value – – – – streams”

Will IT in 2010 be seen as Cost or Investment?

Under the above title we started a discussion at the LinkedIn group that Gartner is hosting for attendees of the recent Gartner ITxpo’s in Orlando and Cannes. The discussion is getting quite lively, so thought it may be a good idea to invite a wider audience here.To protect the innocent I won’t repeat all responsesContinue reading “Will IT in 2010 be seen as Cost or Investment?”

Conclusion: Cloud Computing and the New Role of the IT manager

Read Part 1 and Part 2 (IaaS) and Part 3 (SaaS) here. In the previous entries we discussed the possible impact of IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service), SaaS (Software a as a Service) and even briefly PaaS (Platform as a Service) on the role of our Cloud IT Manager separately. It is, however, important to realizeContinue reading “Conclusion: Cloud Computing and the New Role of the IT manager”

Part 3: SaaS and the New Role of the IT Manager

Read Part 1 and Part 2 here. Cloud purists would argue that a true Cloud IT organization exclusively uses services (SaaS) and owns no software, let alone platforms or infrastructure. And if these purists started a brand new organization today, they might have a point, at least until their first takeover or merger. This notContinue reading “Part 3: SaaS and the New Role of the IT Manager”

Part 2: IaaS and the New Role of the IT manager

Read Part 1 here. How does Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) impact the role of our Cloud IT Manager? Well, first of all, he will need to learn some new skills, the first one being virtualization management. Second, to have any chance of deploying his current intertwined spaghetti of applications into the cloud he needsContinue reading “Part 2: IaaS and the New Role of the IT manager”

Cloud Computing and the new (leaner?) role for the IT manager, Part 1.

In last week’s blog post I suggested we already were at the top of the Publishing hype cycle for Cloud. Little did I know that just about every magazine to hit my doormat this week would be a dedicated special issue about Cloud Computing. The most innovative was a double feature that when read fromContinue reading “Cloud Computing and the new (leaner?) role for the IT manager, Part 1.”

Cloud Computing , another “4 P’s in a Pot” Innovation?

I guess the title of this blog post needs a little explanation. Back in college – we’re talking 80’s here – professor Dr. ir. G.C. Nielen gave me some insight into the laws of innovation. His 4P law of academic innovation started with P for Problem.  Next individuals would Ponder on the Problem, the third step was Publishing,Continue reading “Cloud Computing , another “4 P’s in a Pot” Innovation?”

Have you got what it takes? Play PPM Hero today and find out!

CA is launching a new, exciting and fun interactive online game. In PPM Hero, the game, projects leaders run around an office trying to solve problems (sounds familiar?). The fun part is that you can get additional funding for your project by correctly answering various PPM questions. While loading up some energy at the PPMContinue reading “Have you got what it takes? Play PPM Hero today and find out!”

Certified – So you think you can dance?

Learn the Steps or Feel the Beat? Everyone who ever attended event night at one of the major software vendors’ user conferences knows, “Real IT people don’t dance” (or should I say “IT people don’t really dance”). Yet I plan to use a dance analogy when discussing the various best practice frameworks and methods weContinue reading “Certified – So you think you can dance?”