Gartner’s forecast of a 75 percent BUILD-NOT-BUY rate for digital business applications raises the question of how IT executives keep their hard-won seats at the table. The success rate of software development projects hovers around 65 percent. That’s an F.
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The whole B2B and B2G sales game has changed. Business and government managers are ever more reluctant to meet with sales people just to hear their pitches. Those meetings used to be appealing to managers to help them stay abreast of what was happening in their environment, highlight popular new solutions and, in light terms, let them know if they were keeping up with other organizations.
We’ve been struggling with our ERP system for several years now. It’s one of the more popular, cloud-based COTS that is “designed” for businesses of our size and scope.
I finally got around to unpacking that last box of stuff from our move last summer. I pulled out a pile of articles and reports I had written over the years—mostly when I was a senior executive at Accenture’s Institute for Strategic Change. What was on the top of the pile? “Capping the Gusher,” a management report on information strategy—how organizations leverage information to create value in a dynamic business environment.[*] Copyright date: 2001.
Put your skeptic’s hat on… this is going to be out there.
I just love the way things cycle. The old ideas get pulled out of the trash, dusted off a bit, and stood up with a new name and loud fanfare. Instead of getting sucked in by the new round of marketing, we should be thinking hard about what trashed this thing the first time around. If we can address that, maybe we can make a go of it this time.
If there’s one thing bankers know how to do, it’s acquire. Pundits are once again predicting that banks will be at the top of the charts for M&A activity.
My first large fiber art wall hanging—four feet square—has been lying on the floor of my studio (aka guest bedroom) for two weeks now. Normally I lay out my pieces as I work on them to allow them to soak in. I walk away then come back to them again and again with fresh eyes and new ideas. Sometimes I take photos along the way so I can glance at them in odd moments for the same purpose. It allows the piece to tell me how it wants to develop.