Over the years I have been involved with a lot of projects that involve the management of data. Large firms perpetually struggle with how to get reliable, consistent, timely and accurate management information, and there have been numerous attempts to fix this by the industry.
Stories by Andy Hayler
I spent most of my career in large companies before setting up a software company, and I now run a small analyst firm. One of the things that has intrigued me about the difference between large and small companies is the difficulty in getting staff to act in the interests of the business rather than that of their own little corner of it.
Andy Hayler is puzzled by the lack of rigour in applying metrics to the value of projects, and offers a simple guide to basic cost justification.
The software industry has been around long enough now that one would hope that lessons would be learned from past mistakes. Sadly, the old saying by <a href="http://www.gutenberg.org/browse/authors/s#a5805">author George Santayana</a> that "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it" is as relevant today as it was in 1905.
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