About the author

Edward Taaffe has a 10 year record of achievement in project and Programme management in both the private and public sectors ranging from negotiating with local authorities to use centralised shared services to introducing ground breaking technology to government and convincing them of the benefits of early adoption. Previously and interspersed with this, he has … Read more

GDPR it’s almost here, could it be harbouring a nasty surprise for someone you know?

The basics you need to know about GDPR right now. GDPR effects everyone who holds data about Europeans and everyone in the UK. By Europeans I don’t wean EU citizens, I mean anyone whose address is in Europe. Effectively this means everyone unless you want the extra expense of two businesses one for Europeans and … Read more

Here’s how we approached the solution

Lernaean Hydra, your time is up. Good management strategy and practice supported by intelligent modern systems Give big data the heave ho Naturally I can’t publish the whole thing if only for sheer volume, let alone sensitivity of information from some of the underlying cases, but I will pick a few areas just to demonstrate … Read more

Good management strategy and practice supported by intelligent modern systems

Let’s begin with the strategy and management practices before we start talking about systems. In the last instalment, we talked about schizophrenic businesses. Businesses with confused outlooks, confused processes and naturally enough, confused systems, confused workforce, resigned customers, despairing shareholders. The five cardinal sins that create schizophrenic organisations: You have a business made up of … Read more

Knowledge Management (KM)

Knowledge Management describes the function of Knowing what you know and profiting from it. Malhorta Implementing knowledge management thus has several dimensions including:  Strategy: Knowledge management strategy must be dependent on corporate strategy. The objective is to manage, share, and create relevant knowledge assets that will help meet tactical and strategic requirements. Organisational Culture: The organisational culture influences the … Read more

BI

BI is the information a business collects about itself.  It is normally used to measure and report on the performance of the business in every key area  with the aim of helping the business to avoid risks, recognise and grasp opportunities and improve performance.   The “Explained series” is planned to build into a trustworthy … Read more

Big Data

Big data is a term for data sets that are so large or complex that traditional data processing application software is inadequate to deal with them. Challenges include capture, storage, analysis, data curation, search, sharing, transfer, visualisation, querying, updating and information privacy. Software vendors, eager to sell you their wars have re-classified it describe ” All the data your business produces” and the claim … Read more

Amateur Excel wizards-the simplicity, scale and incredible consequences of their errors

Nobody imagines they can copy a bit of code off the internet and write the next messenger app, or heart monitor, but frequently people, whose position and professional standing suggests they ought to know more, make a hasty edit to an excel sheet in between meetings with extraordinary consequences. * An accountant omitted a single … Read more

Some serious questions for anyone considering Cloud investment

On Feb 26th posted a piece in which I warned readers of the dangers of buying into CLOUD solutions without due care and without attention to all the little details they would pick through if they bought a small solution from me or even from an SME or “front of mind “,  big noisy solution … Read more

Machine learning

  I wont be long-winded about this, I’ll discuss it via email with anyone who is interested, but I’ll break with my usual mode and come straight to the point. A great many people who know little at all of machine learning  and even less about people and many more who are simply  oblivious to … Read more

Two elections that few expected and a majority didn’t want- the information perspective.

Two groups of people mastered the truth about data, its interpretation and it’s presentation and two groups didn’t. The former of course are Republicans in US and Brexit’s in UK. The theories are not new, nor are they difficult to understand but executing on them might only seem an option to somebody with no other … Read more

Confirmation bias at the speed of light

The extraordinary world of the trader really opened my eyes Most readers will already be aware of confirmation bias and will no doubt believe they have it under control. Good for you. If however you are trader, or gambler the likelihood is that you have got it down to a fine art and it has … Read more

Requirements engineering strategy can make or break your project .

Part one – What would you like sir Part two – Requirements,tests, training, help files Part three – Why no project exists in isolation-what should be done Part four – Business rules, Process rules, Process, Data, different viewpoints Part five – Testing requirements is not optional Part six  -Requirements strategy can make or break your project If … Read more