Game of CIOs

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photo credit: Nomadic Lass via photopin cc

As you might have noticed, the first episode of Game of Throne’s new season was released by HBO. You have probably been as excited as million of other fans and have eagerly awaited the start.

HBO was probably excited as well but ruined the fun for some of its users. HBO GO, the streaming platform, crashed during the release and none of its users where able to watch their long anticipated show. Continue reading

If It’s Not Broken, Why Update It?

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photo credit: Sean MacEntee via photopin cc

From a business perspective the saying “if it is not broken don’t fix it” is often applied to IT systems.  Finding the investment to keep up with the market can be a challenge, and it is often tempting to just avoid any efforts or costs of an upgrade.  Even on our mobile phones we all fear that notification that a new version is available and hit the upgrade button with trepidation; not knowing if the app will successfully install or worse, the whole phone dies.  When applied in the business enterprise that trepidation translates into an inertia to upgrade that can become a massive penalty down the line as the gap to the latest version opens up.  This gets worse as the enterprise gets larger and the decision making more centralised.

Are You Capable? Are You Mature?

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photo credit: Nathan E Photography via photopin cc

These are provocative questions but relevant in so many places in IT and business.  Many of of us hearing the terms capability maturity measurement (CMM) will immediately switch off, but please keep reading, I promise not to be as boring as the average CMM survey in this blog entry!

We have seen these methods applied across many business and IT processes in recent years. For a while every organisation wanted to be CMM rated to the top level 5 in all sorts of areas – disaster and business continuity planning, development processes, data management, IT security and many others.  Just recently I have seen the latest offerings in supplier and vendor management approached in the same way.  For a time every senior manager pushed by consultancies was jumping on the bandwagon of assessment.  One can wonder how many initiatives in this area have now been assigned to the archives or are gathering dust somewhere.   Having said this, I don’t believe that the need has gone away even if the latest fashions have moved on to other areas.

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