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NAPM Puts The Spotlight On Change
TEC VP, James F. Dowling is quoted in the National Association of Purchasing Management (NAPM) magazine Purchasing Today on the meaning of “Value”. The quote

dowling bobcad  other capital investments. Mr. Dowling regularly contributes management articles for the TEC Executive View Research Channel. Others also contribute tutorials on Supply Chain Management and evaluate major vendors in depth. Some of the articles of particular interest to the Purchasing Community include: E-Procurement Is Not Electronic Purchasing - Part I E-Procurement Is Not Electronic Purchasing - Part II EAI - The Crazy Glue Of Business Applications Anatomy of a Technology Selection They''re Us, But Read More...
Customer Relationship Management for IT Professionals
What makes a strong supplier/customer relationship? The bottom line is trust. However, trust needs to be earned through a series of conversations and

dowling bobcad  for IT Professionals J. Dowling - January 17, 2001 Introduction A satisfying relationship between IT and line of business is maintained through ongoing dialogue that is meaningful to both parties. The discipline of Conversations for Alignment, a title for a simple technique for making and managing commitments, enables such a dialogue. My consulting group and I have done a good deal of research into what makes a strong supplier/customer relationship. The bottom line is trust. However, trust needs to be Read More...
Performance Management Simplified by MSPs
IT infrastructure consisting of networks, servers, databases, and even parts of application systems forms a networked computing system (NCS) whose performance

dowling bobcad  Simplified by MSPs J. Dowling - January 24, 2001 Introduction IT infrastructure consisting of networks, servers, databases, and even parts of application systems forms a networked computing system (NCS) whose performance must be actively managed to ensure continual business support. But the skills and tools necessary to ensure that network and server systems provide adequate levels of services and performance are expensive and scarce. Unfortunately, NCS performance management is frequently broken into a Read More...
Mid-size Companies Have Full-size IT Issues
Information technology product selection is one issue that does not scale up or down with the size of the enterprise. The breadth and seriousness of issues that

dowling bobcad  IT Issues James F. Dowling - November 28, 2003 Introduction The breadth and seriousness of issues that must be managed by the Information Systems Departments of mid-size companies are the same as those of larger corporations with more people and funding resources to apply to them. IT Managers of smaller enterprises must therefore do the same or more than their larger counterparts with less by necessity. Experience, working with dozens of companies of all sizes indicates that larger corporations are Read More...
The Art And Science Of IT Architecture Design
To assure flexibility and lasting value, information system designs and product selection must be guided by an architectural plan for infrastructure and

dowling bobcad  IT Architecture Design J. Dowling - June 3, 2002 Introduction   To assure flexibility and lasting value, information system designs and product selection must be guided by an architectural plan for infrastructure and applications systems. The Art of architecture design is in extracting business requirements; the Science is translating them into technology solutions. Note : This note first appeared in a column by James F. Dowling in Mid - Range Computing . Look for other previously published Mid - Range Read More...
E-Procurement Is Not Electronic Purchasing - Part II
Three minutes of labor from purchase requisition to invoice payment; fully executed due diligence; commitment authorization and no delays. That is the promise

dowling bobcad  Part I I J. Dowling, C. Sabean, and D. Geller - November 14, 2000 Introduction This second part of an extended note on e-procurement examines the necessary steps after a business decision to go with e-procurement has been made based on the information and criteria covered in Part I. E-procurement is an integrated system of services and technologies that provides a seamless bridge between buying and selling businesses. The e-procurement process begins at the planning stages within the buying company and Read More...
Team With Business Management to Drive Out IT Cost
IT complexity drives cost and to a great extent, it is business management that drives IT complexity. Until IT architecture and infrastructure are simplified

dowling bobcad  Out IT Cost J. Dowling - July 25, 2002 Introduction   Does it cost more to run an IT Department that uses two relational database management systems than only one? How about three? How about a company that uses twenty-one different shop floor control systems or a state government that has more than thirty purchasing systems? Let''s throw out the infinitesimal percentage of companies who do benefit from having multiple variants of the same information technology and admit that it will cost more to have Read More...
The Intranet Has Come a Long Way: Where is it Going Next?
The intranet was born from the marriage of two opposing business initiatives. The word processing department was cutting costs by eliminating the printed

dowling bobcad  it Going Next? J. Dowling - July 26, 2002 Introduction   The intranet was born from the marriage of two opposing business initiatives. The word processing department was cutting costs by eliminating the printed telephone directory and the information systems department was trying to find any reason for playing with HTML. Well, maybe not exactly, but not too far from the truth. What lies on the horizon for this collaboration technology? Whenever my (not so) hypothetical Word Processing Department manager Read More...
e-Procurement Is Not Electronic Purchasing
This is the transcript of an Audio Conference on e-procurement conducted by TEC during which brief case studies of how companies have improved inventory turns

dowling bobcad  Audio Conference Transcript J. Dowling - January 29, 2001 Introduction   When my grandmother needed heating oil, ice, produce or milk, she placed the appropriate card in the front parlor window and when the delivery service came by, they rang the door bell, took the order, made the delivery, got paid and left. On the other hand when a client at a large media and entertainment company needed a tablet of paper, she called her administrator who wrote a purchase requisition, brought it to her for approval Read More...
Knowledge Based Selections
Knowledge Based Selections allow companies to truly reach an optimum and justifiable technology decision. Knowledge Based Selections have several unique

dowling bobcad  B. Spencer & J. Dowling - March 14, 2001 Executive Summary   Performing a selection for a technology product requires a company to marry a myriad of internal business requirements, both present and future, with a myriad of vendor attributes that relate to both products performance as well as the ability to effectively provide long-term value to clients. In order to truly reach a best and justifiable decision that will stand up to the scrutiny of critics both inside and outside the organization, true Read More...
Reduce IT Procurement Time And Risk
All one has to do to get with the best product at the best price is to identify every requirement, find a product that meets all of the criteria, negotiate the

dowling bobcad  Time And Risk J. Dowling - March 12, 2001 Introduction   All one has to do to get the best product at the best price is to identify every requirement, find a product that meets all of the criteria, negotiate the best price and get it all done before the product becomes obsolete or the supplier goes out of business. Many successful and not so successful selections have been made. Learn from those efforts and remove time and risk from your next selection. There are few tasks that IT managers must Read More...
Business Basics: Unscrubbed Data Is Poisonous Data
Most business software system changes falter--if not fail--because of only a few root causes. Data quality is one of these root causes. The cost of high data

dowling bobcad  column by James F. Dowling in Mid-Range Computing. Look for other previously published Mid-Range Computing columns by Mr. Dowling at this site or visit Midrange Showcase at http://www.midrangecomputing.com/ . Project Risk Analysis Most business software system changes falter--if not fail--because of only a few root causes, among which poor data quality is high on the list. In this case, not only was data quality seen to be a troublesome issue for implementation of a new system, it was apparent that it Read More...
Defogging the “Mission/Vision Thing”
A company’s success depends upon its ability to make smart decisions and respond quickly in a highly volatile environment. When a company has a relevant and

dowling bobcad  J. Diezemann & J. Dowling - May 5, 2000 The Issue Without a clearly stated Purpose, Mission, Vision, and Values, employees, including IT professionals, lack adequate guidance and boundaries of empowerment. This lack of context is likely to result in them taking actions that are consistent with their individual ''visions'' but collectively fail to maximize business value from their efforts. The vast majority of personnel who fill corporate ranks at all levels, show up to work each day with the desire to do Read More...

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