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Paul Wallis's Blog – August 2010 Archive (8)

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):



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:…


Added by Paul Wallis on August 25, 2010 at 7:30 — 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…


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…

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…

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…

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…

Added by Paul Wallis on August 19, 2010 at 16:00 — No Comments

OBASHI and the importance of understanding dataflow

During the recent Atmosphere 2010 conference Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google, stated that:

Between the birth of the world and 2003, there were five exabytes of information created. We [now] create five exabytes every two days. See why it’s so painful to operate in information markets?”…

Added by Paul Wallis on August 16, 2010 at 2:00 — No Comments

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