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Business Analysis as a Service

You would have to say that businesses have not been hugely successful in specifying IT systems. It is quoted that 60% of code in IT applications is never exercised. The systems that have been built have high complexity, are difficult to upgrade and consequently provide a lower return on investment. Albert Einstein said, “Insanity is […]

Have you only built half your PMO?

Getting “IT” right in an organisation is becoming progressively more difficult. As it becomes easier and easier to procure solutions thanks to cloud services and user configurable apps, so the decision taking becomes harder. Unlike at home, where we are happy to spend some time playing with apps on our smartphone and then abandon them; […]

Start with a BA – not a PM

The statistics on ICT projects continue to make depressing reading. The Chaos report from The Standish Group has been reporting success and failure rates since 1994. In truth there has been little changed with project failures at 18% and challenged projects at 43% in the 2012 report. Of course the last thing you need is […]

Why do so many companies find it so easy to come up with great ideas but struggle to see these strategies through to execution?

Success doesn’t necessarily come from breakthrough innovation but from flawless execution. A great strategy alone won’t win a game or abattle; the win comes from basic blocking and tackling. Naveen Jain I see many companies with a plethora of great ideas on how to improve its business however the company fails continually to deliver ideas […]

Will new IT software benefit an organisation?

If you can not measure it, you can not improve it. Sir William Thomson In many business cases, people confuse outcomes with benefits so it is little wonder why new IT software often does not benefit organisations. An outcome is the result of implementing a new piece of software and the business benefit is the […]

Watch those IT costs

Accountants say Information Technology is the closest thing in business to a free lunch – and they should know. The data is really uncontroversial – information technology can deliver improvements in quality, cost and timeliness in almost every business. The payback period of a well-executed IT project would usually be less than 3 years, with […]

How do you get a COTS package to fit your business?

You Can’t Connect The Dots Looking Forward; You Can Only Connect Them Looking Backward. Steve Jobs These days it is widely accepted that buying Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) applications is less risky and cheaper in the long run than developing your own. The key to getting value from a COTs software packages is to […]

I have just seen a software package that will solve all our problems

Any darn fool can make something complex; it takes a genius to make something simple. Pete Seeger sums up the problem with organisations buying software without proper analysis as business process become complex rather than efficient, effective, rewarding & repeatable. We have seen several organisations buy software without analysis and then spend thousands, sometimes millions […]

The G20 and You

Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility. -Dietrich Bonhoeffer In every workplace staff will happily discuss the challenges that they face day to day, yet they rarely effect the necessary change. Everyone has a view on how things can be improved, ranging from the detail to the strategic. Yet organizations stagger […]