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Understanding and Being Understood – Key for Successful Implementations

As Stephen Covey, the author of “the seven habits of highly effective people” says - seek first to understand, then to be understood.  He says this is one of the habits to be inculcated for achieving public victory. This is quite applicable for driving any successful implementation. Once the ...

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back, Managing Change with New Software Implementation!

The need was dire, the staff wanting and IT team willing, but the company management for some reason did not take a decision to approve the project. Almost everyone in the industry had the tools required for the tasks, it was basic hygiene to say the least; growth despite not ...

Sins of The Past Haunt The Present, Impacting Your Future Too, What to Do?

The new CXO (John) had no handover or parallel working with his predecessor; there was no handover document or any evidence of work done and in progress. The incumbent (Bob) did not know that he was going until the end of the day on a weekend when he was told ...

Involving Stakeholders in Project Essential for its Success

The start of the year is an apt time to undertake new initiatives and also the time to reflect back and draw some learnings from the past. In a candid conversation, Joydeep Dutta, Executive Director and Group CTO at CDSL shared his views on project management best practices. Often the ...

You (Probably) Don’t Need Machine Learning

Statistically speaking, you and/or your company really don’t need machine learning. By ‘statistically speaking’, I mean that most companies today have no absolutely no need for machine learning (ML). The majority of problems that companies want to throw at machine learning are fairly straightforward problems be ‘solved’ with a form ...

Your Data Project is Going to Fail

I hate to be the bearer of bad news….but your data project is going to fail. Maybe not the one you’re working on today. Maybe not the one you’re starting next month. Heck, maybe not the one you don’t even know about yet…but at some point in the future ...

Who is Ultimately Responsible When a Project (with IT Dependency) Fails to Deliver?

Business had worked with IT to select the vendor who came with good references and connected well with the team during the courting period. The CIO found the choice acceptable as the project was straightforward and not much could go wrong in a project that was expected to last 4 ...

SMART SLAs For Business-IT Alignment SLA.jpg

SLA (Service Level Agreement) has been a widely used and abused acronym in the industry. This is because of lack of understanding on what exactly it means. SLAs provide CIOs an effective tool to manage their relationship with service partners and businesses.SLAs are the contractual commitments for meeting minimum ...

Is Digital Transformation Really the Thing?

Many folks are talking about the 'digital' transformation that is happening across many industries and businesses today. These folks mention digital transformation as if its something new or different than any other transformation project that companies have had to undergo through their lifetimes.Last week I read a post titled ...

Designing the Sandbox for Enterprise Innovation

In one of my posts (IT Challenges for the Modern Enterprise), discussed issues confronting an enterprise and how they translate into the need for building innovative applications, and here is an outline the sandbox that could meet this need. While it is easier to understand the need for innovative business ...

Does BI require Business to be Intelligent?

"This is awesome, I love it! Let's make this live next week; and don't tell me that it cannot be done in that timeframe! After that we will work upon models for the other parts of the business and zap them with data that they have never seen before." So ...

Losing Big with Big Data

I help companies use big data to work better.  I love what I do and I love seeing companies and people succeed with big data.That said, I've seen my fair share of companies (and people) lose with big data too. Most of these 'losses' aren't due to bad ...

Before Jumping into Big Data, Know Where and How You're Jumping

The world of big data has been growing over the last few years. Everywhere you look today you see people talking about big data and discussing how their organization is doing (or planning to do) big data. While I'm all for organizations adopting big data and rolling out big data ...

Will You Move Your SAP Environment to the Cloud?

ERP in the cloud is emerging as the future. A report from HCL Technologies has found that $39 billion of SAP landscape could move to the cloud in the next two years, as large enterprises plan to migrate 46 percent of their existing SAP on-premise environment.In addition to potential cost ...

Six Steps To Create a Successful Digital Business

Business users now have the capacity to exploit the four key trends of cloud, big data, social platforms and mobility in order to bring customers closer, meet their demands and create innovative products and services.Digital business is certainly changing the way organizations use and think about technology, moving technology ...