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... planned to support their business operations. Conducting a fundamental high level appraisal of a business’ ability to undertake IT tasks may be the most valuable contribution that most management teams and boards can make for the modern enterprise. Objectives: This Compass is a companion document to IBRS’s Master Advisory Presentation (MAP) ‘Finding ...
Section: Content | Category: Governance & Planning | Date: Friday, 02 September 2016 | Hits: 703
Conclusion: The IT industry has hit a breaking point where the artificial grouping of information security and IT has left many organisations vulnerable. Business units have viewed information security as an IT problem, and IT has abdicated responsibility for many aspects of operations that should be viewed as basic hygiene. It is time for organisations ...
Section: Content | Category: Security Leadership | Date: Monday, 02 November 2015 | Hits: 364
Conclusion: Technical debt is a metaphor for the ongoing cost of bad IT decisions. As with debt in the real world, interest is paid on technical debt in the form of increased cost of operations and maintenance, poor quality solutions and loss of enterprise agility. Prudently managed technical debt can be a useful tactical tool, however uncontrolled ...
Section: Content | Category: Governance & Planning | Date: Monday, 29 November 2010 | Hits: 607
Conclusion: CIOs and IT operations managers must avoid the risk of succumbing to green fatigue. Greenwashing is rampant, with every IT vendor promoting its products as "green." Most IT publications have at least one Green IT focused section. At the same time organisations are continuing their focus on cost reduction, often with IT under the magnifying ...
Section: Content | Category: Articles | Date: Friday, 27 November 2009 | Hits: 455
Conclusion: Wartime is fast approaching. Some would argue it is already happening around us, and CIOs will be in the firing line. Radically different business models, historically poor relationships with business areas and the confluence of transformational technologies mean that many CIOs will not be able to just incrementally improve operations to ...
Section: Content | Category: Operations & Service Delivery | Date: Monday, 26 November 2012 | Hits: 888
Conclusion: As the number of specialist IT services providers (software, operations and applications) increase each year and organisations choose to engage multiple (technology platform) service providers, organisations must implement tighter systems integration processes. If processes remain unchanged organisations the number of operational problems ...
Section: Content | Category: Sourcing & Staffing | Date: Sunday, 31 May 2009 | Hits: 488
Conclusion: To maintain a sound business relationship, regularly assess every IT Operations and Development service provider's performance and take corrective action immediately unexpected deviations occur. Providers that act quickly and fix problems position themselves to get more profitable work from the client. Observations: Continuous Health ...
Section: Content | Category: Governance & Planning | Date: Tuesday, 28 September 2004 | Hits: 453
Conclusion: Amazingly some senior business executives still proudly state, ‘I don't understand anything about information technology'. One can see how an executive might have thought this way in the 1970s but now some 30 years later and with ICT fundamental to day to day operations of every organisation such a view is just simply unacceptable. In today's ...
Section: Content | Category: Governance & Planning | Date: Thursday, 28 April 2005 | Hits: 369
... for their products when they can be judged in the context of an organisation’s operations. In so doing managers who define their terms and the input criteria for productivity will be in a stronger position to make business cases and advocate investments in place of assertions. Observations: In an organisation the variables or factors that are included ...
Section: Content | Category: Governance & Planning | Date: Sunday, 28 August 2005 | Hits: 416
Conclusion: In 2003 any failure of e-commerce systems through problems with supporting technology is seen as a failure of the whole organisation. Many business leaders have recognised that they need better models for governing IT investments and ensuring effective IT operations. To their dismay most CIOs have not recognised that change is required. ...
Section: Content | Category: Sourcing & Staffing | Date: Monday, 28 July 2003 | Hits: 360