Executive Field Guide: IT Governance

There are dozens of definitions for “IT governance” out there. They use words like efficiency, effectiveness, alignment, control, and strategy—which are all valid terms. But the fact is, IT has only so much capacity and can get only so much done. Organizations need a mechanism for agreeing to what is (and what is not) on… Read more »

How to Prioritize IT Initiatives Without Losing Friends: 5 Success Factors

A Black-and-White Prioritization Process: Quick and Uncomplicated First, a common definition of success: IT initiative prioritization is a mechanism to calendarize and budgetize investments in IT, which is agreed upon by all stakeholders. This is a stretch goal for most organizations. In fact, some may argue that achieving a consensus among all stakeholders is not… Read more »

Data Is to Business as Water Is to Life

It goes without saying that data is critical to make strategic decisions, to run operations, and to perform business functions. Healthcare companies derive analytics from clinical and claims data to meet quality measures, improve care, and better manage high-cost and high-risk populations. Manufacturing companies rely on performance data to improve efficiency, increase yields, and lower… Read more »

Running an Effective Fit-Gap Analysis - Abraic

Running an Effective Fit/Gap Analysis

Commercial, off-the-shelf (COTS) software—not custom software—continues to be the preferred option for many firms, especially for ERP and CRM solutions. The benefits of COTS solutions have been publicized widely and revolve around reduced time to deploy, cost avoidance, standards based, best practices included, solution maturity and platform flexibility, to name a few. However, many COTS deployments… Read more »

VIDEO Cascading IT Governane

Cascading IT Governance

We believe the only way for an IT governance function to affect the execution of a strategy is to cascade the governance function. When middle management from IT and the business participate in governance, great things happen. Watch this video to learn how we do it: (Did you enjoy the video? Consider subscribing to our YouTube channel.) Tweet: Cascading #ITGovernance [VIDEO]… Read more »

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PODCAST: IT Outcomes & Internal Customer Satisfaction

I was pleased to be interrogated – er, interviewed – by the talented Cassie Crossley on her new podcast, Tech Leaders Today. Please take a listen to uncover: our recruiting and staffing approach IT’s biggest problem today stories of how we solved 2 different clients’ problems Excerpts from our conversation are transcribed below.

IT Can’t Please Everyone

Sorry to break it to you this way. It’s a fact of life: IT cannot complete its work faster than the business can think of it. The dependence on IT is growing exponentially, priorities shift constantly, and new opportunities come up daily. The gap between expectations of IT and its capacity is often widened by those executives who… Read more »

IT Governance Must Evolve or Die

Bureaucratic, static IT governance models of the past no longer work in organizations where the IT function is to enable business innovation and customer engagement. For IT governance models to be effective in today’s evolving marketplace, they must be more closely linked with business governance. What concrete benefits and tangible value are you receiving today… Read more »

9 Symptoms of a Bad IT Project Sponsor

Tweet: 9 Symptoms of a Bad IT Project Sponsor #ITProjects #ProjectManagement http://ctt.ec/aOb4L+ The right project sponsor can make or break the success of a project, so it’s important to know upfront whether your sponsor truly supports your project. Think you may have a problem sponsor? Here are a few symptoms that indicate you do: