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Data flow disasters are expensive

Happy New Year to all OBASHI Thinkers!  This is our first blog of 2011 and we're starting as we mean to go on.


We are putting the finishing touches to our downloadable 'Lite' software, which automates the OBASHI Methodology, and we hope to make it available early February.  Consequently it's all hands to the pumps at the moment finishing Help files and recording user videos,…


Added by Paul Wallis on January 10, 2011 at 21:30 — No Comments

Finance and data flows

What do you think this is a picture of:

  • a secret plan for the circuit board of a new '3D' games console
  • the organisational structure of a mafia crime syndicate
  • a Piping and Instrumentation diagram (P&ID) for part of a nuclear power…

Added by Paul Wallis on November 25, 2010 at 1:20 — No Comments

Are you ready for more connectivity?

Christmas is just over the horizon and during a lunch-break last week I did a little online browsing, seeking much needed inspiration for the gifts I'll give this year.

My first search was for "smart clothing" - clothes that incorporate computers or digital devices. I was curious about what was available because I'd read recently that it may be possible to develop clothing fabric that generates electricity through wearers' movement and body heat.

As a bit of a geek, that kind… Continue

Added by Paul Wallis on November 12, 2010 at 13:09 — No Comments

From P&ID to B&IT

An architect’s blueprints show how a building is constructed. In a similar way, Piping and Instrumentation diagrams (P&IDs) are schematic diagrams showing how a process plant is put together.

P&IDs are usually print-outs from a computer model. The model might be of a simple process plant. Or it might be of a large petrochemical complex. The computer model lets the industry see clearly how individual assets interact – things like pipes, valves, pumps, meters and sensors.… Continue

Added by Paul Wallis on October 14, 2010 at 14:00 — No Comments

The need to understand how IT in banking works

John Higgins is Director General of Intellect, the trade association for the UK IT industry.  Recently he wrote about, “IT’s role in avoiding another banking crisis”…


Added by Paul Wallis on September 28, 2010 at 15:00 — No Comments

How OBASHI can help with PRINCE2

Appendix C of The OBASHI Methodology “How OBASHI fits with PRINCE2”, explains how OBASHI can help you with Starting Up a… Continue

Added by Paul Wallis on September 9, 2010 at 23:00 — No Comments

How OBASHI can help with ITIL

Appendix D of The OBASHI Methodology, “How OBASHI fits with ITIL”, explains how OBASHI can help you with Service…


Added by Paul Wallis on September 6, 2010 at 14:30 — No 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):



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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