How connected is IT within your Business? I mean more than connected...to the internet. A new Forrester Research survey commissioned by Effective UI (User Interface) finds that approximately 39% of the IT Executives polled believe that their internal IT organizations deliver projects on time, and on budget.
Think about that for a minute. Thirty-nine percent of anything, for most people, would represent failure. Let me illustrate that another way:
The eye-opening part of the above statement is that this is considered pretty normal. Other studies peg that success rate at closer to 30%. Several reasons are cited for this, and I can second many of them from my own experience.
Notably, larger companies have a lack of Business and IT alignment internally. This creates an us-versus-them mentality, particularly when budget dollars are closely held. It creates walled little cube-lands where information is hoarded rather than shared, and self-preservation ranks higher than collaboration.
Drilling deeper into some of the issues are continuously changing requirements midstream (this is where Agile or Waterfall IT Project Management techniques can help), overburdened in-house IT organizations, and lack of big-picture project management skills or experience in house for IT projects.
Paintrock Consulting Services can help you beat that paltry 39% success rate across the industry, because we allow you to focus on your core business. We work with stakeholders at each level of your organization to help shape your IT project. We can manage a portion or an entire IT project, including development and testing process, security, collaboration platforms, cloud services, coordinating local and offshore teams, new technology deployments, communication and training planning, and stakeholder engagement.
This work should be done in alignment with your business's goals and objectives, using your brand and voice for consistency to communicate your changes, and in collaboration with - not in opposition to - your existing departments.
Forbes reports that for inspired or forward-thinking organizations involved in cloud computing, cost savings and efficiency are just the icing on the cake. What they really are pursuing is something deeper to the business– to develop high-powered analytical capabilities. They look at cloud and see analytic opportunities.
My experience in supporting multiple organizations in moving to cloud services is that without strategic governance, cloud services aren't so much better at enabling analytics as opposed to provide additional repositories for data to be stored and managed. If you're just shoveling e-junk from one repository to another, analytics won't help you.
A move to the cloud requires a clear strategy and a strong governance policy to ensure that strategy is met. As the old saying goes, "garbage in, garbage out". Moving to the cloud allows you to purge your files of what your company is no longer required to retain for documentation, and to create a clear classification taxonomy that will allow your employees to find the relevant information that they require to perform their jobs. And that doesn't begin to address the requisite security aspects that must accompany your data.
Once you do move your content to the cloud, and ensure it is clear and classified, you can utilize analytics to help you in any number of ways, including identifying further opportunities for your core business.
Paintrock Consulting can help you plan your cloud move, as well as the governance and security policies your organization needs to manage your data.
I'm proud to announce that I was voted as one of Hyattville Community Center's new Board Members recently, while out of town! My first order of duty was to migrate our outdated and unused website. It had been hosted as a free community service by a company that was decommissioning the option, and the platform used to create it ceased being supported by its maker in 2003.
It also had to meet the following specifications; the first and most important of which was FREE hosting. This was difficult, but we landed on Blogger (over Wordpress, for a variety of reasons). Once that was decided, the community desired the following - which required notable customization due to the platform. That included some of the following:
Apple has just ended the era of Paid Operating Systems!! I was just discussing this as a business model last week... will Microsoft follow suit? It would be in their best interest to do so. They have plenty of other revenue makers in their ecosystem, both consumer and enterprise. And, the business world, for the most part, runs on Microsoft Office. It's a smart move for Apple; it would be equally wise for Microsoft.