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August 2010 Blog Posts (22)

Data flow and the big picture of business and IT

Understanding data and how it flows is becoming a hot topic.



A major conference to be held in California, Strata, has just been announced for early 2011,…

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Added by Fergus Cloughley on August 31, 2010 at 9:30 — 2 Comments

O-I-B-I-A-I-S-I-H-I-I … a bit of a mouthful

I was posed an interesting question over the weekend.

 

The question was about OBASHI and Business and IT Alignment (BITA):

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Added by Paul Wallis on August 31, 2010 at 2:00 — 9 Comments

5 data flow disasters

The business world continues to grow in complexity. Until we can see how data flows through and between businesses, the frequency and severity of IT-related problems like these will grow:…

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Added by Paul Wallis on August 25, 2010 at 7:30 — No Comments

OBASHI and the history of flow

OBASHI is a way of thinking that will help you get a clear picture of how your business works. Below is a short extract from the OBASHI Methodology manual, if you would like to read the extract as it appears in the manual, here is a pdf.

 

"Chapter 3 – OBASHI and Digital Flow

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Added by Fergus Cloughley on August 22, 2010 at 23:30 — No Comments

Modelling the business and prioritising IT tasks

It tends to be the nature of the IT industry to load staff with lots of work, all of which needs to be completed in a hurry.

 

When it comes to scheduling our work, we could all come up with differing priorities for new tasks depending on our current workload, or how we perceive a task’s relevance.

 

So if a problem or failure occurs, how can we ensure that it is given the correct priority from an enterprise perspective? If we leave it to the individual to decide…

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Added by Paul Wallis on August 19, 2010 at 23:00 — No Comments

Unilever’s courageous decision

Sir Humphrey Appleby is a fictional character in “Yes Minister” one of the UK’s most enduringly popular comedy shows.



The 1980s series is about his relationship with his political master, Cabinet Minister Jim Hacker, and Appleby’s attempts as a machiavellian senior civil servant to maintain control of government policy.


Whenever he didn’t like one of Hacker’s proposed policies Appleby would, being a smooth operator, describe it to the…
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Added by Paul Wallis on August 19, 2010 at 23:00 — No Comments

Why the ‘flash crash’ happened – a quick take

On the 6th of May 2010 the Dow Jones share index plunged dramatically, losing over 9% of its value in the space of a few minutes.

 

Almost as quickly the index rose again, and at the end of the day the Dow was only down a small amount.

 

No proven explanation of this event has been forthcoming.

 

Here’s our…
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Added by Paul Wallis on August 19, 2010 at 17:00 — No Comments

Going on about tech - why IT is its own worst enemy

Most businesses today rely on information technology and flows of data to perform. So why do many people in IT feel that the IT function does not get the respect it deserves?

 

After all, where would the world be without IT? Trillions of currency in the form of data flow around the banking industry’s IT networks every year. In manufacturing, IT systems monitor and control the flows of highly dangerous substances through huge…
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Added by Paul Wallis on August 19, 2010 at 16:30 — No Comments

Data flow joins the dots in the business

A couple of weeks ago I was doing battle with a mountain of post when my daughter called to me to tell her a bedtime story.

 

“Here's a quick one. An oyster went to a disco and pulled a muscle”, was my reply as I got up to go and see her.

 

“No Dad,” she said in that disparaging tone that she uses on a regular basis when addressing me, “My English teacher says a story should have a beginning, middle and an end. That was just a beginning and an…
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Added by Paul Wallis on August 19, 2010 at 16:00 — No Comments

Public Sector IT and the big picture

Socitm is the UK membership association for all ICT professionals working in Local Authorities and the Public and Third Sectors and suppliers to those sectors.

 

The organisation takes the view that the real-term cut of 15.75% in UK public sector IT budgets since 2008 demonstrates that ‘that senior management does not always believe in IT's ability to deliver wider cost savings.’

 

Martin Greenwood, Insight programme manager is…

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Added by Fergus Cloughley on August 18, 2010 at 21:30 — No Comments

OBASHI - business clarity in IT Projects

Over on silicon.com, the “Naked CIO” expresses his frustration about there being no “universally applied method for calculating project benefits.”

He critically compares the practices and attitudes towards IT projects of the accounts/finance, marketing and IT functions and argues that,…



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Added by Fergus Cloughley on August 18, 2010 at 21:30 — No Comments

‘Go with the flow man’ and other water cooler conversation starters

As you may know here at OBASHI we believe that understanding data flow is vital if you want to improve how your business works. We’d love to think it was our idea but quite a few people grasped the ‘importance of understanding flow’ concept before us. For example:…

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Added by The Pebble on August 18, 2010 at 7:00 — No Comments

OBASHI’s favourite blogs

Here are links to some of the bloggers who are high up on the OBASHI reader list. If you work in business and IT you will hopefully find the debates they stimulate interesting.

 

In no particular order:

 

 

The IT Skeptic Rob Englund is an IT consultant…

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Added by The Pebble on August 18, 2010 at 6:30 — No Comments

Clear communication: OBASHI and business change

Kathleen Hall of Computer Weekly wrote two related articles on the 6th August. One about an IT…

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Added by The Pebble on August 18, 2010 at 6:26 — No Comments

The Bluffer’s guide to the OBASHI Methodology

The OBASHI Methodology is a powerful new way for you to create business clarity. It…

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Added by The Pebble on August 18, 2010 at 6:18 — No Comments

The OBASHI Methodology: what does it do then?



“Seeing the big picture” is vital to making the right strategic decisions.…

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Added by The Pebble on August 18, 2010 at 6:09 — No Comments

5 things about OBASHI

Our methodology is based on five key principles. One of these is that IT exists for one reason: to support the flow of data between business assets…

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Added by The Pebble on August 18, 2010 at 6:00 — No Comments

How OBASHI helps different roles in the business

When we discuss OBASHI with companies we visit we are often asked, “OK...it SOUNDS good but how does OBASHI help ME? What does it do for someone with my responsibilities?”

On that basis we thought it made sense to devote a page in the manual to listing some of the questions that OBASHI can help you with depending on your role, in the organisation.

Here are just some examples, one for each…

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Added by The Pebble on August 18, 2010 at 5:30 — No Comments

Two speed data flows on the internet?

A couple of years ago while tackling the issue of Cloud Computing on my old blog I argued that:…

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Added by The Pebble on August 18, 2010 at 5:05 — No Comments

Project failure? Business clarity matters more than size

Mike Krigsman who blogs at IT Project Failures posed an interesting question the other day, ‘Do large projects really fail more…

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Added by The Pebble on August 18, 2010 at 4:27 — No Comments

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