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46 ways to save costs and add value as an IT program manager

I am often asked for guidance on costs overruns — and not necessarily at the end of projects. Often projects heading south are in the middle of their execution phase when the program manager (PM) “does the right thing” and calls it out. But with customers demanding ever-tighter schedules and an ever-expanding scope, controlling and reducing costs can […]

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Voice command devices: Ear candy or something useful?

“Alexa! Heads or tails?” “Alexa! What’s the weather in Dubai?” “Alexa! Turn up the heat to 75 degrees.” “Alexa! Tell me a bedtime story.” Having lived through many hype curves dating back … [Continue Reading]

The ‘why’ of microservices

Microservices (μServices) are a fascinating evolution of the Distributed Object Computing (DOC) paradigm. Initial design of DOC attempted to solve the problem of simplifying developing complex … [Continue Reading]

Meeting consumer needs in today’s always-on insurance universe

In today's world, the first pillar for success in insurance deals with accessibility and availability – enabling access anywhere, anytime, anyhow. Tools like mobile devices, Wi-Fi, cloud storage, big … [Continue Reading]

Will the computer mouse go the way of the rotary phone?

Ever hear stories about how when millennials, as children, were shown old rotary-dial telephones, they would press on the numbers instead of rotating the "dial" clockwise? (I'm not making this … [Continue Reading]

Why IT needs to focus on contents over containers

We hear over and over again that enterprise IT must be better aligned with “the business” in order to build an internal brand that can survive. I’ve written many times about my disdain for the words … [Continue Reading]

3 steps to achieve a truly variable cost structure in banking

In the current economic climate, banks have to cut spending and find efficiencies wherever possible. However, many investment banks have substantial – and increasing -- cost allocations that make it … [Continue Reading]

Good enough is never good enough, right?

Good enough is never good enough, right? Have you ever drawn, rehearsed, practiced, written something 1,000 times, starting over again and again, wanting something so much that everything you do … [Continue Reading]

Transforming the Regulatory Environment Through as-a-Service

The cloud is gaining huge ground across all industries as companies seek greater flexibility and reduced costs. Cloud can transform the way life sciences companies maneuver the changing regulatory … [Continue Reading]

Where is the cloud workplace on the technology adoption life cycle?

In 1962 Everett Rogers proposed a generalized model of technology adoption, which described how new ideas and technologies spread, in his book Diffusion of Innovations. The model is based on a Bell … [Continue Reading]

Driving adoption to maximise your digital workplace benefits

In part one of this series, I talked about defining successful digital workplace adoption for your organisation and identifying activities and behaviours to measure success. In this article, I am … [Continue Reading]

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