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The complicated task of simplifying IT

If not planned in a careful way and overseen with vigilance, IT systems can easily grow into complicated beasts that are hard to manage, overly expensive and, ultimately, a roadblock to corporate success. For many firms, simplifying their systems is the key to ensuring that IT is more of a help than a hindrance. Winnipeg-based furniture manufacturer Palliser Furniture Ltd. has been undertaking its own simplification process for the last three years. CIO Jason Bergeron talks about the difficulties involved and his team's successes.
CIO: Can you put into words how difficult it is to keep IT simple?

Written by Greg Enright22 May 08 22:00

The complexity of simplifying IT

If not planned in a careful way and overseen with vigilance, IT systems can easily grow into complicated beasts that are hard to manage, overly expensive and, ultimately, a roadblock to corporate success. For many firms, simplifying their systems is the key to ensuring that IT is more of a help than a hindrance. Winnipeg-based furniture manufacturer Palliser Furniture has been undertaking its own simplification process for the last three years. CIO Jason Bergeron talks about the difficulties involved and his team's successes.
CIO: Can you put into words how difficult it is to keep IT simple?

Written by Greg Enright20 May 08 22:00

Taking care of business

When implemented and utilized properly, business intelligence software can help enterprises save thousands of dollars, retain and win customers, and ultimately make a firm more competitive. For CIOs charged with overseeing such a deployment, however, the task can represent one of the tallest challenges of their career, rife with technological, political and communication-related barriers that must be hurdled. Here are four tales of battle-hardened CIOs who completed their missions -- and emerged with ample advice for those embarking down a similar path.

Written by Greg Enright02 Oct. 07 16:39