Problem solving relies on what came before and what will come after

Sometimes it is not just what you do but the order in which you do it that matters. You absolutely must develop an ability to see several layers of consequences ahead of the solution as well as several layers of cause and effect behind the problem and then juggle them at once in the way … Read more

Is there a maturity model for corporate information and is it achievable?

I was recently asked to contribute to a maturity model for big data. Anyone who knows me will have guessed that I declined this, but it did get me thinking about the lack of a big picture understanding of the corporate information landscape and a framework to leverage. This is not a potted five-page Maturity … Read more

The art of The Turnaround

  There was a time when I billed myself as a turnaround specialist. Doing turnarounds was often a fast-track to good long-term relationships for an interim or consultant. I’m not going to bore you with the usual list of coded answers about why they fail, but rather to say that most failures have not actually … Read more

Get that Big Data Project under way without breaking the bank

The background is a Must-Read. Big data was announced to me in 2011 when I was busy trying to create some insight from more than 100 acquisitions of a global publisher. Back then it meant Hadoop, Nosql and instant processing as opposed to Data Warehouses, Data Marts and BI services. By 2013 the word Data … Read more

Selecting Waterfall, structured, Iterative or agile for your software project

First lets understand the difference. Waterfall is the most misquoted of all methods. Waterfall is defined by the simple fact that age stage in the project must complete fully and be agreed/signed-off before the next stage can begin. Sometimes it is very important that the previous stage was fully and correctly completed. An example would … Read more

The saga of Digital Transformation is in many ways more confused than ever. Here are eight recommendations you  ignore at your peril.

  This is a discussion about Digital transformation that addresses mostly the approach to delivering transformation and the rationale and drivers, but I have stayed away from some very important themes such as how to develop strategies for tomorrow, how to prepare an organisation or the change and how to lead the organisation into a … Read more

Delivering the right project

Really! – Have you seen this new stuff?
This could easily have been Mick Jagger and Keith Richards after their first successful gig. In the modern world, it is more likely to be a hard working CTO talking to a COO about his systems needs

Enterprise Architecture

Enterprise Architecture (EA) describes a framework or discipline whereby somebody or some group within an enterprise carefully designs the Technical Architecture and Solution Architecture around the business strategy, plans and needs of the Enterprise to effectively achieve it’s objectives. The alternative and by far the most common scenario if for organisations to make isolated decisions … Read more

App

“App” used to simply be short for Application. The systems or programs we run our computers. Gradually in the course of the late nineties the Application became the Solution and the new applications designed to run natively on mobile phones like iPhones and Androids became nicknamed “Apps”. When the battle between desktop and smartphone began … Read more