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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...
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...
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...
IT Project Risk Assessment
Information technology project risk often comes from non-technical aspects of the initiative. Assessing the impact of technology on people, management systems

dowling bobcad  Project Risk Assessment J. Dowling - August 22, 2002 Introduction   Information technology project risk often comes from non-technical aspects of the initiative. Assessing the impact of technology on people, management systems and other initiatives is essential to assure project success. We automate problems This department slogan was posted on my office door (the inside) for several months while I and other managers in the department struggled to break out of a string of failed projects. It was 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...
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 mor Read More...
An Overview of the Knowledge Based Selection Process
The TechnologyEvaluation.Com’s (TEC) Knowledge Based Selection Process is a multi-part comprehensive analysis of a vendor’s tactical, strategic and qualitative

dowling bobcad  J. Diezemann & J. Dowling - March 15, 2001 Introduction The TechnologyEvaluation.Com''s (TEC) Knowledge Based Selection Process is a multi-part comprehensive analysis of a vendor''s tactical, strategic and qualitative measures as compared to the specific business and technology needs of our clients. The selection process encompasses nine process steps: Capability Assessment/Request for Information The first step in the selection process is to identify the capabilities required to support our clients'' 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 e 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...
Can You Add New Life To an Old ERP System?
Getting ERP transaction data into a summarized form that is useful to knowledge workers is one way to extend the value of your ERP system. This article

dowling bobcad  its integrity. James F. Dowling pointed out in the TEC article, Business Basics: Unscrubbed Data is Poisonous Data data should be managed as a corporate asset that appreciates in value over time. Historical data must be addressed with as much care as current database content . The Data Warehousing alternative uses a better approach. It packages the information in data cubes that are customized for each group of users. Once the information is packaged in a data cube, users can extract the 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...
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 C Read More...

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