It is common wisdom that IT budgets have been flat or decreasing for a number of years. It is our contention that while this may in fact be true for budgets that are under the direct control of the IT department, total spending on IT may actually going up, fueled by investments made in other parts of
SINGAPORE--Local companies are treating their IT and business analytics departments as two separate entities due to a lack of workers who are competent in both arenas, at least until more IT professionals are equipped, noted IT chiefs.
Alice Tan, IT director of Watson's Personal Care Stores Singapore, recounted that in her previous company, the retail company Robinsons, IT and business analytics were treated as different functions. This is because while it tried to merge both departments, this created difficulties in recruiting people who had skills to function in both departments.
It is difficult for someone with IT skills to
Again, I was chided for saying there are no Information Technology projects. This time, the excuse was that the company built software. I countered my antagonist by asking if the same group that built their software also maintained the account system, workstations, email, and network. "No, that is a separate group." He was missing that his company's production group was not IT. Information Technology is the support group... and yes, they should not be doing anything that fails to directly affect getting product out the door or reducing costs. Every
My attitude is that if you push me towards something that you think is a weakness, then I will turn that perceived weakness into a strength.
As with so much in life, so it goes with IT: the parts that are fun aren’t always valuable, and the parts that are valuable aren’t always fun. Let’s talk about a hugely valuable side of IT that isn’t really much fun at all. And when it’s not fun, that means that it’s often neglected, and thus turns into a great weakness.
IT assets (hardware, software, systems, services) represent a major investment for most firms today. For “new economy” companies in particular, the cost
Integration is at the center of major disruptions in IT today. SearchSOA.com Site Editor Jack Vaughan recently spoke with David Linthicum, CEO of Blue Mountain Labs, about three key topics: integration, the cloud and "big data." The discussion ranged from cloud integration to security issues in the cloud and the workings of Hadoop.In particular, Linthicum gave insight into cloud integration best practices, including how companies can determine which services are best for the cloud. The heart of his guidance focused on evaluating existing enterprise systems:My advice is to look at your architecture -- your existing enterprise -- conceptually.
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