Cha-Cha Change Coming To IT In The Form Of Outsourcing?

I just happened to run across an interesting article in Baseline magazine awhile back that pointed out a very interesting trend in IT that just might impact all of us. The good folks over at Royal Dutch Shell (the world’s 3rd biggest oil company) have just announced a massive outsourcing deal with EDS/HP. They appear … Read moreCha-Cha Change Coming To IT In The Form Of Outsourcing?

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

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 Can IT Learn From How Chrysler Makes Cars?

Although working in IT can be a tough job at times, I must confess that working in the American car manufacturing industry sure seems like it is probably a much rougher place to work right now. I’m always interested in what’s going on in the car biz because once upon a time I almost ended … Read moreWhat Can IT Learn From How Chrysler Makes Cars?

IT Driving Lessons: How To Avoid A Stall

Once upon a time in my career I had a chance to work on a fighter jet program. Talk about your ultimate IT project! During this time I learned a great deal about planes and how they work. I finally realized why during airshows a stunt airplane will often start going very fast and then … Read moreIT Driving Lessons: How To Avoid A Stall

Can Microsoft Profit From Having Steve Ballmer Take Total Control?

The news is a bit old by now; however, it’s still a big deal that Steve Ballmer has finally taken full control of Microsoft now that Bill Gates has officially stepped down. I believe that Microsoft employs over 100,000 staff and so Steve has got his hands full trying to find a way (or ways) … Read moreCan Microsoft Profit From Having Steve Ballmer Take Total Control?