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  • Blog Post: The "Alignment Trap" - Part 2

    Uncovering the "Alignment Trap". Heavily referenced in the article are Schwab. According to the data, Schwab found itself spending 18% of its revenue on IT compared to an average of 13%. However it's not alone. "Only 18% of respondents believed that their company's IT spending was highly aligned...
  • Blog Post: The "Alignment Trap" - Part 1

    Great article in the Fall 2007 edition of the MITSloan Management Review . So good in fact, it warrants a multi-part response. What is the "alignment trap"? This is articulated by a quadrant where alignment trap is measured against "maintenance zone", "IT-enabled growth" and "well-oiled IT"...
  • Blog Post: The "Alignment Trap" - Part 4 ... In conclusion

    The essential concept of the alignment trap is that a poorly performing or excessively complex IT organization won't accomplish the desired business outcomes regardless of how well aligned IT is to those outcomes. I would also argue that the concept of BPI is to consolidate and simplify discrete productivity...
  • Blog Post: The "Alignment Trap" - Part 3

    "Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication." Its not often that Leonardo da Vinci is quoted in a business journal, but its probably also rare that these words carry such relevance. Investing in Effectiveness is one of the tips in the article. What this refers to is the agility challenge. This is...
  • Blog Post: Of bread, butter, cheese, and mousetraps... - Lawrence Liu's Report from the Inside

    Culinary metaphors and analogy seem to be flavor of the month round here. But this one is particularly pertinent. If Lawrence can liken SharePoint to the butter and Office to the bread then I would liken BPI to the whole sandwich. Needless to say it tastes a lot better when you eat it all together...
  • Blog Post: The CIO And SharePoint - CIOs Uncensored Blog - InformationWeek

    "SharePoint often grows in a viral capacity, as many business people take the lead in standing up systems without an appreciation for corporate standards. Get a governance policy to manage the provisioning process, as otherwise it can backfire." This builds on the Software Consumerization post. Normally...
  • Blog Post: The "dollar daze"

    EUR/USD 1.57332 GBP/USD 1.99362 USD/JPY 101.93681 That's what the dollar looks like today. Where was it a year ago? For a European exporter, not happy reading. In a recent BusinessWeek article we find the following useful advice: "If there's a lesson in the newest dollar slump, it...
  • Blog Post: Intelligent Insight on PerformancePoint : The road to business/IT alignment

    Kudos to Ben Tamblyn for discovering this. Business/IT Alignment is such an old (the article references all the way back to the 60's) problem that its almost unbelievable that it still isn't happening. That's not to say it never happens, but we shouldn't still be talking about it. Ben's world is...
  • Blog Post: What is this thing you call BPI?

    Good question. A Business Productivity Infrastructure is a surprisingly difficult thing to define. Right now we look at it as a convergence of what were previously deemed discrete applications/capabilities into a common platform. In Microsoft's terms these are Search, BI, Collaboration, Enterprise...