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  • Why CIOs need to keep privacy front of mind in any project

    The cost of getting privacy wrong is becoming significant, and a cost that can undo hard work spent designing products and services which look amazing, but fail to meet regulatory requirements and customer expectations of privacy, write Hayley Miller and Campbell Featherstone of Kensington Swan.

    Written by CIO New Zealand06 June 18 06:30
  • How to kill a dead project

    Think you might have a zombie IT project on your hands? Killing it can be challenging. It takes just the right mix of forensics and logistical know-how, and a lot of political will.

    Written by Bob Lewis19 Dec. 17 07:27
  • When to kill (and when to recover) a failed project

    Admitting project failure is never easy, but sometimes the kill decision turns out to be the best decision. Here's how to know when to scrap and when to save a failing project.

    Written by John Edwards15 Sept. 17 05:54
  • What science, medicine and nature can teach us about transformation

    In the natural world, success depends on a species ability to quickly adapt to changing conditions. Successful adaptations are incorporated and unsuccessful ones are either suppressed or ejected from the gene pool. Bradley de Souza takes this approach to the business world.

    Written by Bradley de Souza19 Oct. 16 08:00
  • Innovate as if your job depended on it!

    Today's IT managers face competing priorities, each demanding their time and attention. Unfortunately when the pressures stack up, innovation can often be seen as an unaffordable luxury. But that should not be the case, writes Kevin Noonan of Ovum.

    Written by Kevin Noonan06 Oct. 13 14:22
  • 'Creating Organisational Insight for IT Project Foresight'

    Only one in three IT projects will be successfully delivered, with one in four either failing or being cancelled, says Sarah Runge, author of Stop Blaming the Software.
    Many other projects are “challenged” with massive budget overruns and are not delivering the required functionality.
    Globally, the cost of IT project failures reaches US$6.2 trillion a year, she says.

    Written by CIO New Zealand19 Feb. 12 22:00
  • The fixed price is not right

    Imagine a CRM consulting project with inadequately specified requirements, no clear internal project manager, and ill-defined success criteria. Your consultant bids it on a time and materials (T&M) basis. You're in a rush, no time for a detailed RFP - you know the consultant can do the job, but you need a budgetary number to get approval. We've all been through this drill: somebody brilliant suggests that this has to be fixed price, it'll be easier to get project approval and manage to conclusion that way. You know, just like it would be when buying servers.
    But you're not buying servers: you're buying services. While 80 percent of CRM projects are formulaic and could be bid as a "standard project," the other 80 percent of the project work is not only a one-off, but an unknown. Nobody actually knows the requirements, or the ramifications of "something simple," or the shape of your data, or the tricky parts of external interfaces. You may think you're signing up for a three-hour tour, but you're on the way to Gilligan's Island.

    Written by David Taber02 Nov. 09 22:00
  • Showtime on fibre optics

    Growing availability of IP-based fibre-optic circuits has presented broadcasting giants such as CNBC, Bloomberg and CNN with more opportunities to beef up service resilience.
    In an industry where sending timely information to viewers is critical, CNBC recognised its need to further minimise service latency and downtime. Faced with highly demanding network requirements, the company turned to Macquarie Telecom for a scalable and robust solution.

    Written by Jared Heng17 Aug. 08 22:00