A Geek’s Guide To The Financial Melt-Down

Man – what a mess! I’m almost afraid to unwrap the paper each morning because the font size of the headlines seems to be getting bigger and bigger as the financial news gets worse and worse. Stock trading firms are going belly up, others are getting bought. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (who are they?) … Read moreA Geek’s Guide To The Financial Melt-Down

Wicked Ways Of Managing Wicked IT Problems

Wicked IT problems can frustrate even the best of us – by their very nature, wicked IT problems have no solution (that’s why we call them “wicked” and not just “hard”). As we talked about last time, although you may not have the tools to solve these types of problems, you do have the tools … Read moreWicked Ways Of Managing Wicked IT Problems

Managing Wicked IT Problems

So we’ve chatted about Wicked IT Strategy problems – these are the ones that you really can’t solve. Given that, you’ve got a couple of different things that you can do. The easiest is to throw your arms up in the air, say “this can’t be solved”, and then work very hard at getting promoted … Read moreManaging Wicked IT Problems

Wicked, Wicked IT Strategy Problems

Some problems just can’t be solved. As an IT guy with an engineering background, I find this hard to believe – it goes against my grain. I mean, back in school I encountered lots of problems that at first blush appeared to be impossible to solve. However, once I had gotten a little deeper into … Read moreWicked, Wicked IT Strategy Problems

London Stock Exchange Glitch – Could Cloud Computing Have Saved The Day?

Just when you think that you have the worst job in IT, a story like this comes along! Last Monday the London Stock Exchange (LSE) experienced a full day outage. Traders who were ready to trade were unable to connect to one of the LSE’s main trading applications. No connect, no trading. If you’ll think … Read moreLondon Stock Exchange Glitch – Could Cloud Computing Have Saved The Day?

Stall Alert! How An IT Department Can Help

We’ve talked about how companies can get blindsided by entering an economic stall that they never saw coming. Now let’s wrap this discussion up with a quick overview of some steps that an IT department can take in order to help prevent the company from coming to grief. We’ll be talking about four different strategies … Read moreStall Alert! How An IT Department Can Help

What To Do When Everything That You Know Is Wrong

In most IT departments, everything is fine until it isn’t. Sometimes this is a result of actions that the IT department has either taken or not taken, sometimes it is a result of what’s going on in the company as a whole. No matter, everyone in IT is personally impacted when a previously successful company … Read moreWhat To Do When Everything That You Know Is Wrong

Out Of Time, Out Of Talent – Why IT Departments Fail

A business stall can hit a company / IT department at any time. There can be many reasons for what causes a stall including having a premium product or abandoning a good market segment too early as a company goes looking for greener grass. If that was all that could happen to a company, that … Read moreOut Of Time, Out Of Talent – Why IT Departments Fail