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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 was in the context of how the understanding of the meanings of words change over time.

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 commitments that have been met.

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

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 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.

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 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 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?

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

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 and other initiatives is essential to assure project success.

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

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 measures as compared to the specific business and technology needs of our clients.

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

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 applications systems. The Art of architecture design is in extracting business requirements; the Science is translating them into technology solutions.

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

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 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.

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

It Isn't the Fall, It's the Sudden Stop


Skillful management of transitions is essential for IT professionals. It is not simple and it not recognized when it is done right, but when done wrong, the noise of the sudden stop rings in everyone's ears for a long time.

dowling bobcad  Sudden Stop James F. Dowling - January 10, 2002 Introduction A multinational manufacturing company spent more than a year identifying a strategic acquisition of four divisions from a competitor. They performed a detailed examination of finances, products, customers and core design and manufacturing resources. After an additional three months of work obtaining clearance from shareholders and the Italian, German, French and United States governments, the acquisition was approved and executed. In 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 discusses the advantages that can be gained by moving ERP and other transaction data to a data warehouse.

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

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 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. Management service providers (MSPs) that specialize in performance management can apply expert personnel and 24/7 monitoring at a fraction of the cost required to staff the function internally.

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 and configured into an adaptable platform, system design and construction will be fraught with wasteful work and non-essential components.

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