Business-IT Governance

Four Reasons for a Business Case – And Why Three of Them Are Wrong!

Most Business-IT initiatives require some type of Business Case (cost-justification) to be prepared.  The common purposes for these Business Cases include:

Clarify the initiative
Justify the cost
Prioritize the initiative against other activities competing for limited resources (e.g., funds, people)

As sensible and worthwhile as these sound, the dirty secret is that most business cases fail to achieve their […]

By |June 25th, 2013|IT Management|3 Comments

What's Really Meant By Business-IT Engagement and How Do You Achieve It?

This is another post triggered by a reader’s question emailed to me.  Here’s his question (some details have been omitted to preserve anonymity).
I was searching for information around Business-IT engagement but have yet to really come across anything with substance.  I’m looking to better connect with the business unit managers to formulate an IT strategy. The […]

Is IT Organizational Confusion Exacerbated by the Role of Business Relationship Manager?

I received a question from a reader about the role of a Business Relationship Manager (BRM).  I decided to bring the question and my response to this blog.

His question, and the context for it was:
When the BRM role was introduced at our organization, the Head of IT did not convey a clear vision or direction […]

The Decline and Fall of the IT Organization?

With apologies to Ed Yourdon for my plagiarism of his original the book title, published back in 1993, “The Decline and Fall of the American Programmer”.  (Though I don’t recall if Ed gave apologies to Gibbon for first using this line!)

For a blog entitled “IT Organization 2017” and for a management consultant who has had […]

When Words Just Don't Cause Change

I was in a heated ‘discussion’ with a client recently.  We had completed an IT strategy refresh and one of the outstanding items was to review their IT Principles.  The IT leadership team had come up with some candidate new Principles, and I was being asked if I thought they were appropriate.
“What Will You Do […]

By |January 24th, 2011|Business-IT Governance, IT Management, Useful Tools|0 Comments

From Business-IT Alignment to Business-IT Convergence

I’ve posted before on the emergent confluence between business and IT.  I’ve also discussed the shift from Business-IT Alignment to Business-IT Convergence as an aspect of increasing business and IT maturity.  I’ve noted (Goodbye, Shadow IT – Hello, Shadow IT) that ‘Shadow IT’, often viewed as a problem to be solved might be more appropriately […]

IT Organizational Implications of Cloud Computing

First off, let me make myself clear.  I firmly believe that Cloud Computing, in its various forms, is real, absolutely inevitable and will completely revolutionize the form and role of the IT Organization.  Some readers will look at that sentence and laugh – it’s like saying “day will pass into night.”  Obvious, beyond dispute, devoid […]

By |June 30th, 2010|IT Maturity|0 Comments

Exploring an IT Operating Model for Enterprise 2.0 – Part 4: IT Governance

In Part 1 of this series, I suggested that the implications of Enterprise 2.0 for the IT organization are dramatic.  I also suggested that the ways of designing and executing an IT Operating Model in a Web 2.0 context are quite different from traditional approaches.  In Part 2, I outlined the major elements of an […]

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, […]

By |January 5th, 2010|IT Maturity|0 Comments

IT's Toxic Assets and Self-Funded Stimulus Plan

OK – so I’m climbing on the latest news headlines – forgive me, but I do see an analogy that is important for IT leaders to be aware of.  Current business conditions mean this is a great time for CIO’s to clean up their back yards, and aggressively “kick the IT legacy problem in the […]