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‘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...
Information management

IT Rightsizing

A balanced approach to cost saving

The credit crisis, increasing energy prices and overheated stock markets are all indicators of a possible economic downturn. Like all budgets, IT budgets will be cut. IT "rightsizing" is a balanced approach to cost reduction which generates sustainable savings while maintaining the...
Information management

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...
Information management

Evolution of the species

Optimising the IT sourcing model

Few IT departments are in good enough shape to meet the challenges arising from the current financial crisis. Optimising the IT sourcing model can provide a solution. Arthur D. Little proposes a service integrator approach: by outsourcing IT to a service integrator, companies can focus internal...
Financial services, Information management

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...
Information management

Mastering IT separation

Mergers and IT redesign

De-merger projects that split up a company to increase market visibility or operational flexibility need to consider corporate restructuring too. IT redesign has been proven to support corporate restructuring activities. But how to master the complex separation of IT processes and systems needed?...
Information management

The CTO / R&D Director as an Enabler of Strategic Growth

Investments in technological infrastructure and innovation are still huge. While the definition of the role of the CTO running these systems is not focused, he continues to be a vital element of economic success in terms of innovation management.
Strategy, Information management

The Big Picture: An Overview of Electronic Commerce

The emergence of the Internet has given rise to four major application families: cyber communities, digital households, digital workplaces, and electronic commerce. Of these applications, electronic commerce has grown fastest. It is now poised to have an immediate and transformative impact on how...
Consumer goods & retail, Strategy, Technology & innovation management, Information management

Innovation in a Wired World

Signs of an innovation revolution are emerging in leading firms all over the world. Companies such as Boeing and Motorola are applying advances in information technology and communications to "wire" portions of their innovation and product creation processes. Chrysler, Cisco Systems, Dell Computer...
Strategy, Technology & innovation management, Information management

Practical Knowledge Management: A Model That Works

The goal of knowledge management is a practical one: to improve organizational capabilities through better use of the organization's individual and collective knowledge resources. These resources include skills, capabilities, experience, routines, and norms, as well as technologies.
Strategy, Information management