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OBASHI likes

This is the third in an occasional series of “OBASHI likes” posts, where we highlight the thoughts of others who have recently made us think about aspects of business and IT from an interesting perspective.

 

We may agree with all, some, or occasionally none of what each writer says, but whichever is the case, we think their ideas are worth thinking about.

 

In alphabetical order:

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Added by Fergus Cloughley on December 9, 2011 at 6:01 — No Comments

Cybersecurity and dependencies

“Cyber Security and the UK’s Critical National Infrastructure” was published during September by Chatham House, home of the UK’s Royal Institute of International Affairs.

 

The report discusses cybersecurity in the UK, not only in government, but also relating to the UK’s ‘essential services such as water, gas, electricity, communications and banking’ [CNI].

 

As it points…

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Added by Fergus Cloughley on December 2, 2011 at 12:24 — No Comments

OBASHI and the process view

One of the frustrations for any CIO or IT Manager in a new job, is trying to understand the IT systems and applications installed by their predecessors.

 

The analysis of the layers of systems deployed over time within a business can be thought of as an “archaeological dig”, through different technologies and integration techniques.

 

Over time, what typically happens in an organisation, is that managers in different departments use their budgets to put in place…

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Added by Fergus Cloughley on November 4, 2011 at 10:45 — No Comments

Data flow disasters cost a lot of money

 "hindsight is great, but foresight is better............and less expensive."

Almost a year ago, that was my conclusion on how OBASHI could be used to create clarity in the business, and avert a ‘data flow disaster’ like the one at TUI Travel, which caused the company a £117 million loss. 

 

A data flow disaster is the term we use for an event where a flow of data is interrupted or compromised, so that there is a negative business impact on…

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Added by Fergus Cloughley on October 7, 2011 at 0:32 — No Comments

Clarity > Understanding > Communication > Trust

 “The CFO's Role in Technology Investment”, is a survey of 344 CFOs “qualified in providing a perspective on technology deployment within the enterprise”. Some of the findings were that,

 

  • only 18% of CFOs said they thought "our IT service levels meet or exceed business expectation”
  • only 25% of CFOs see the CIO as a key player in determining the business…
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Added by Fergus Cloughley on September 30, 2011 at 9:53 — 1 Comment

OBASHI likes

This is the second in an occasional series of “OBASHI likes” posts, where we highlight the thoughts of others who have recently made us think about aspects of business and IT from an interesting perspective.

 

We may agree with all, some, or occasionally none of what each writer says, but whichever is the case, we think their ideas are worth thinking about. 

 

In alphabetical order:

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Added by Fergus Cloughley on September 22, 2011 at 11:00 — No Comments

Flows, Romans, Project managers…

Where is Sextus Julius Frontinus when you need him?

 

Frontinus was a Roman aristocrat of the late 1st century AD, and an expert in the engineering of water flows.

 

Such was his expertise, the Emperor Nerva appointed him as Water Commissioner of the Aqueducts at Rome, an office only conferred upon persons of very high standing. 

 

In that capacity, he…

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Added by Fergus Cloughley on September 1, 2011 at 13:19 — No Comments

OBASHI – Future thinking about business and IT

This week marks the first anniversary of OBASHI Think, so its a good excuse for a recap – and to highlight what we think are some of our key posts!

 

A quick birthday reminder - OBASHI is a “new standard” way of thinking about how a business works and is available as a methodology, a professional accreditation and software.

 

With OBASHI you see the business in only two views:  Business and IT…

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Added by Fergus Cloughley on August 19, 2011 at 12:56 — No Comments

Clarity in government IT projects

It’s a bad sign for the IT industry when the leader of a country is answering questions in its parliament about an IT project.

 

Following the publication of a scathing report by the Public Accounts Committee of MPs (PAC), UK Prime Minister David Cameron told the House of Commons he was “very concerned” about the outcome of world’s biggest civil IT project, the…

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Added by Fergus Cloughley on August 10, 2011 at 11:42 — No Comments

OBASHI likes

This is the first in an occasional series of “OBASHI Likes” posts, where we highlight the thoughts of others who have recently made us think about aspects of business and IT from an interesting perspective.

 

We may agree with all, some, or occasionally none of what each writer says, but whichever is the case, we think their ideas are worth thinking about.

 

In alphabetical order:

 …

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Added by Fergus Cloughley on August 3, 2011 at 2:47 — No Comments

Mobile Devices, Data Flows and Liability

Manhandling a refrigerator on a Saturday afternoon isn’t one of my favourite pastimes.

 

Last weekend my parents’ fridge stopped working, so there I was, checking out the pipe work and other tecchie bits.

 

But after consulting the owner manual and then the web, I realised that almost any repair task associated with refrigeration is a job for a specialist.

 

There are a raft of…

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Added by Fergus Cloughley on July 7, 2011 at 11:45 — No Comments

"I cannot tell if we are a bank or an IT firm"

A few months ago I read "How Guilty are CIOs (and IT) In The Global Financial Crisis?", where Jim Anderson wrote (his emphasis),

"Ultimately this all comes down to a problem that financial industry CIOs have not been able to solve: how to exchange financial data. It seems strange that an industry that has been built on…

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Added by Fergus Cloughley on July 1, 2011 at 2:07 — No Comments

How OBASHI helps the CIO communicate clearly with the business

In a recent blog Larry Bonfonte encourages CIOs to “market the value of IT” to business colleagues. 

 

You may be tempted to roll your eyes after reading that phrase, but as he neatly points out, we likely all have done a bit of ‘marketing’ in our social lives at one time or another – so its hardly an alien…

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Added by Fergus Cloughley on June 15, 2011 at 2:12 — No Comments

Some on-premise data flow disasters

In our last few blogs we’ve focussed on cybersecurity and ‘cloud’ computing.  And described why, in both spheres, understanding how data flows through the business is important, so as to make operations as secure and reliable as possible, and to minimise risk.

 

Wherever data flow is involved the same principles outlined in those posts apply.

 

On-premise IT continues to suffer plenty of problems.  Here, in no particular order, are some of its recent ‘data flow…

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Added by Fergus Cloughley on June 8, 2011 at 12:47 — No Comments

Data Refineries: a new perspective on cybersecurity

In yesterday’s post, “How is cybersecurity linked to economic security?”, I wrote that, to some degree, most organisations today can be considered as “data refineries.”

 

A couple of people have asked me to expand on that point.

 

Since the industrial revolution architects, engineers and scientists have spent decades creating standards and practices so that flows of water, steam,…

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Added by Fergus Cloughley on June 2, 2011 at 11:52 — No Comments

How is cybersecurity linked to economic security?

The answer to that question, posed in Computer Weekly, is quite straightforward – the link is flows of data.

 

Throughout history, understanding, optimising and securing flows has been vital for economic success.

 

Rome controlled its empire by using a network of roads 400,000km long to trade, to move armies and to…

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Added by Fergus Cloughley on June 1, 2011 at 10:30 — No Comments

All for OBASHI and OBASHI for all

Elevator pitches are frequently thought to be an art form driven by a flash of creative inspiration that gave you your very own “Jaws in Space” moment, the like of which launched the “Alien” franchise.

 

Harvard Business School think they are a lot more scientific, which is why they developed their Elevator Pitch Builder. Maybe if…

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Added by Fergus Cloughley on May 20, 2011 at 2:03 — No Comments

Data Quality and Insurance

Following on from my previous blog, Insuring flows of data in the cloud, it occurred to me that as businesses and supply chains become more inter-connected, insurers will soon demand more clarity about data quality issues.



Not only will they want to more accurately calculate the risk of dataflow stopping altogether, they will also want better understanding that the right…

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Added by Fergus Cloughley on May 12, 2011 at 18:46 — No Comments

Insuring flows of data in the cloud

Data flow disasters are now being mentioned in TV news headlines.

 

That is not a good sign.

 

Amazon and Sony have both suffered headline-grabbing IT outages recently that impacted many customers.  The interruptions in data flow they suffered will likely cost them significant amounts in compensation.

 

Re Amazon, although only a small number completely lost their data, I shudder to think how many years of hard work in small businesses may have been…

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Added by Fergus Cloughley on May 12, 2011 at 0:00 — No Comments

ITSM vision – OBASHI Reality

Ashwani Aggarwal of Infosys wrote an interesting piece the other day about implementing ITSM successfully.

 

A part of his blog really jumped off the page at me [his emphasis]:

“I strongly feel any organization that aspires to improve on IS capabilities shouldn't focus only on technology change or process change alone…

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Added by Fergus Cloughley on May 11, 2011 at 1:24 — No Comments

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