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  • Blog Post: The "Alignment Trap" - Part 4 ... In conclusion

    The essential concept of the alignment trap is that a poorly performing or excessively complex IT organization won't accomplish the desired business outcomes regardless of how well aligned IT is to those outcomes. I would also argue that the concept of BPI is to consolidate and simplify discrete productivity...
  • Blog Post: The "Alignment Trap" - Part 3

    "Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication." Its not often that Leonardo da Vinci is quoted in a business journal, but its probably also rare that these words carry such relevance. Investing in Effectiveness is one of the tips in the article. What this refers to is the agility challenge. This is...
  • Blog Post: The "Alignment Trap" - Part 2

    Uncovering the "Alignment Trap". Heavily referenced in the article are Schwab. According to the data, Schwab found itself spending 18% of its revenue on IT compared to an average of 13%. However it's not alone. "Only 18% of respondents believed that their company's IT spending was highly...
  • Blog Post: The "Alignment Trap" - Part 1

    Great article in the Fall 2007 edition of the MITSloan Management Review . So good in fact, it warrants a multi-part response. What is the "alignment trap"? This is articulated by a quadrant where alignment trap is measured against "maintenance zone", "IT-enabled growth"...
  • Blog Post: Business Productivity - Projects or Platforms and the search for innovation

    If there's anything that we're all agreed on, Carr, Thorp, Brynjolfsson et al, its that successful return on technology is less about the technology and more about how its used. In fact we can all agree that technology can be a valueless commodity if the framework by which it is delivered into the...
  • Blog Post: Steve Clayton: Geek In Disguise : Do You Use Your Outboard Brain?

    Steve Clayton: Geek In Disguise : Do You Use Your Outboard Brain? Well done to Steve again for sourcing something seriously interesting. I really enjoy thinking through the neurological aspects of technology's role in our lives. I really enjoyed a speech Sir Ken Robinson gave at the EVO launch back in...
  • Blog Post: On the subject of Carr

    I'm not sure whether anyone's still talking about Mr Carr's book/article anymore. However its probably safe to assume that one or two people are still thinking about it. As I mentioned below, another one of my recent re-reads was "Does IT Matter?". This is a good book, but for many reasons...
  • Blog Post: Some things never change

    I went on vacation recently - Egypt if anyone's interested. Gave me a chance to catch up on my reading, some new some a re-read. One of my re-reads was the "Harvard Business Review on The Business Value of IT". Not your average holiday read know... First in the anthology was a Davenport piece...
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