Business-IT-Partnership: It’s complicated

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Information Management January 2017

Business-IT-Partnership: It’s complicated

Nothing runs without IT: In the era of digitalization the partnership between business and IT is more essential than ever, but the partnership is running into trouble

There is no digital future without adequate information technology.
In theory, IT should act as a business partner. As the central interface within the company, it connects all business operations and processes, forming the platform for digitalization. In reality, a perfect relationship between business and IT is rare. [...]

Digital Transformation

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Information Management, Technology & Innovation Management November 2015

Digital Transformation

How to become Digital Leader

Turning digital has become a well-understood imperative. Although digital has commonly found its way into corporate strategies, the path to transforming adequately remains unspecified. [...]

Forget Big Data – Value Data wins the battle!

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Information Management November 2013

Forget Big Data – Value Data wins the battle!

… from hype to real business value – now is the time for strategic planning!

Big Data is a hot topic for many corporations. Yet many have struggled to find the right entry point or failed in implementation. A key learning is: Big is not enough. Hence, the value needs to be uncovered.   In order to be successful it requires a strategic approach with a clear roadmap and a new mindset in the organization. [...]

Manage IT Value to Improve

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Information Management November 2013

Manage IT Value to Improve

While IT’s value is undisputed, who actually knows how much that value is?

While IT’s value is undisputed, who actually knows how much that value is? Roughly 70% of companies still measure and manage their IT only by cost indicators. 74% see IT as an important factor for the long-term success of their business while 27% of them rate IT as business critical. [...]

“Make IT Faster, Better, Cheaper”

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Information Management October 2012

“Make IT Faster, Better, Cheaper”

IT Industrialization as a Performance Booster

IT units have always been under pressure, but in recent years the bar has been raised even higher. The business imperative to reduce costs, expedite time to market and increase service quality at the same time are particularly a challenge for IT organizations with heterogeneously grown environments and a resulting variety of operated infrastructure. [...]

Information Management September 2012

How to overcome the IT innovation dilemma…

…with incremental steps towards increased business value generation

IT innovation is often perceived as the invention of the next Google, Facebook, or Kindle. We argue that CIOs can significantly transform business models through much smaller endeavors that can be highly effective for the company. [...]

‘Triangulate‘ your IT for Business Value

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Information Management, Consumer Goods April 2012

‘Triangulate‘ your IT for Business Value

The days of IT as a pure enabler function for companies are over – and with it the role of the CIO/CFO. Instead, his role is shifting towards the ”balancing” power in enterprises, being responsible for operational stability, innovation and business value generation simultaneously. How companies can do their homework and prepare the ground for the CIO of tomorrow. [...]

IT Governance Wins You the Battle

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Information Management July 2010

IT Governance Wins You the Battle

Arthur D. Little study shows 40 per cent of CEOs and CIOs want to overhaul IT governance

39 pere cent of CEOs and 44 per cent of CIOs are not satisfied with their IT governance. This is one of the key findings of the Arthur D. Little 009 IT governance study, which shows that many large corporations want to make fundamental changes to the way they organise their business IT. The Arthur D. Little IT governance approach provides a solid basis for optimising IT governance and, in particular, for improving IT demand management. [...]

Do more IT for less

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Information Management August 2009

Do more IT for less

Best-in-class companies act beyond pure cost-cutting in ICT

Economic downturns force a cost-orientation, especially for "commodities" like information & communication technology (ICT). The pressure on ICT organisations to improve efficiency and effectiveness rises - but best-in-class companies act beyond pure cost-cutting: a holistic performance optimisation, maintaining and streamlining the strategic ICT portfolio and addressing all relevant CIO levers for performance results in a higher long-term ICT value and profitability contribution. The Arthur D. Little ICT performance radar contains a well proven set of levers to unveil these improvement potentials. [...]

Cost Down, Environment Up

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Information Management March 2009

Cost Down, Environment Up

Green IT and cost improvement

Organisations may be tightening their belts in current economic times, but green IT’s global momentum shows no sign of slowing down, according to the Arthur D. Little market survey in January 2009. The CIO must combine green IT initiatives with cost improvement programs to convince executive management. Savings potentials of sustainability IT programs are in the range of 6-11 per cent of total IT costs. [...]

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