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How the VP of IT Ops can better drive business relevance

My picture2.jpgRecently, after hearing from my peers about what they think IT Vice Presidents of Operations care about, I decided to put my undergraduate anthropology degree to good use. For those of you that don’t know, anthropology is the study of cultures and involves doing field work and often asking hard and sometimes seemingly stupid questions. In the world of IT, anthropologists would try to discover what are the common cultural traits of the IT Operations leader, these overseers of the network, servers, and help desk. What is their unique world view? And they would seek the answer to the classic of all cultural anthropology questions, “what tools and technology do they use to solve problems?” 

Tags: IT strategy

2 lessons from business school that can transform your IT organization

charlesbetz.jpgBy Charlie Betz

 

Charlie Betz is research director for IT portfolio management at Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) and author of the white paper, “Business Intelligence for the Business of IT.”

 

One thing I’ve seen over and over again throughout my career is that IT is undermanaged. When you compare it to disciplines such as retail merchandising and supply chain, IT’s management capabilities are immature and underdeveloped. It’s the deepest irony that IT, which enables the business, is managed by spreadsheets even within the largest organizations.

 

Why is this? IT leaders typically rise through the ranks. They typically don’t have MBAs. In order to be competent with computers, you don’t have much time left over for business school. Now, I don’t think that MBAs are the answer to all IT’s problems – far from it! But people who get a degree in operations management or industrial engineering, for instance, learn important principles in school. They learn about Six Sigma, Lean, and Total Quality Management (TQM). They learn about measurement and statistics. And I think these kinds of skills are noticeably missing in IT management.

 

If IT leaders could apply these management techniques to IT, they could transform their organizations. Here are two examples of how IT leaders could apply industrial thinking to better manage the business of IT.


Driving Third Wave Businesses: Setting an information strategy as well as 5 ways to measure success

The-Third-Wave-9780553246988.jpgAs adjunct faculty at the University of Phoenix, I get to talk to students about the future of marketing and communications. In our dialogues, we discuss how business success increasingly depends upon understanding and leveraging information.    To make things more concrete, I share in particular the work of Alvin Toffler. In “The Third Wave,” Toffler asserts that we live in a world where competition will increasingly take place on the currency and usability of information.

 

To me, this drives to three salient conclusions for information age businesses.

 

1)   Information needs to drive further down in organizations because top decision makers do not have the background to respond at the pace needed by change.

2)   Information needs to be available faste,r which means that we need to make preprocessed, unstructured information readily available.

3)   Information needs to be available when the organization is ready for it. For multinational enterprises this means “Always on” 24/7 across multiple time zones.

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IT thought leaders to share industry insights at HP Discover 2012 in Las Vegas

venetian.jpgHP Discover, HP’s largest event of the year, takes place at The Venetian │The Palazzo in Las Vegas from June 4-7. This year’s conference offers a vast array of informative keynotes, educational breakouts, open discussions, and best-practice solutions, as well as continual networking opportunities.

 

At HP Discover you’ll learn about important technologies and strategies that will shape the next decade of IT.

  • Preview upcoming technologies in confidential disclosure sessions.
  • Explore how specific products and services can solve business challenges you face.
  • Learn the outcomes of customer case studies of HP and partner technologies in action.
  • Hear new industry insights from enterprise IT thought leaders.

 

Register now and save $300 off the $1795 entrance price. Your resulting admission price will be $1495. Simply enter code DSCVRSW when registering to take advantage of the $300 discount.

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HP Service Integration and Management has the answer for “supplier sprawl”

siam.jpgDoes this sound like a familiar scenario? Your IT dept provides a service to the business, but that service might actually be composed of networking services from Verizon, infrastructure services from HP and application services from SAP. When something goes wrong, where is the problem located? Who’s responsible? And how can you be sure these services all play nicely with each other, not to mention with your security and compliance policies?

 

This multi-sourced world of IT services presents a growing problem for IT. And cloud only exacerbates it. (According to at least one analyst report, business groups are adopting cloud faster than IT groups are.) The result is “supplier sprawl,” and it presents huge challenges to IT in terms of governance, security, reliability and more. That’s why today HP announced HP Service Integration and Management (SIAM for short), which offers enterprises  and the lines of business service assurance for  multisourced IT services.

Labels: IT services

5 ways to measure the success of application transformation

My picture2.jpgToday's IT organizations increasingly need to focus their technology dollars where it can drive the most business value. Mobility and cloud computing, for example, represent huge trends which place new and challenging demands on existing applications and their integration. However, most still have their IT investment socked away on legacy, keep-the-lights-on applications. Unless this investment is evaluated and largely refocused, IT organizations will find themselves between the proverbial rock and a hard place when it comes to generating new business value and productivity.

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