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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...
23 Apr 2008
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...
22 Apr 2008
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...
18 Apr 2008
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"...
18 Apr 2008
Sorry it's been a while
Really, I am. But its for good reason. In my previous capacity I was an Account Manager for a number of Government organisations in the UK. In my new capacity I am working in the Business Productivity Infrastructure team in Redmond. My remit is to "evangelise" the concept of BPI. I'm pleased...
27 Mar 2008
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...
6 Nov 2007
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...
19 Oct 2007
The Seven Pillars of Productivity
So firstly, credit to Erik Brynjolfsson for his work on this topic. http://ebusiness.mit.edu/erik/Seven%20Pillars%20of%20Productivity.pdf So what are the Seven Pillars? 1. Move from analog to digital processes 2. Open information access 3. Empower the employees 4. Use merit-based incentives...
7 Oct 2007
Is there such a thing? I think so. Many have tried to work out how best to measure what productivity is and how to realise it. I think the problem with previous measurements has been the inputs taken and the subsequent outputs. Brynjolfsson I think is the most articulate on the subject, but a lot of...
6 Oct 2007
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...
29 Sep 2007
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