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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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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 quality is low, and the short- and long-term benefits are great.

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 clearly stated Purpose, Mission, Vision, and Values, which are understood by all employees, both management and employees are in a superior position to put strategies and actions into place that propel the organization forward.

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

Knowledge Based Selections


Knowledge Based Selections allow companies to truly reach an optimum and justifiable technology decision. Knowledge Based Selections have several unique characteristics that enable a company to rapidly and effectively marry internal business requirements with a myriad of vendor attributes that relate to both product performance and long-term value to clients.

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

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