I bought this book on the title alone. The topic of the relationship between IT and Business is one of those hot-button topics for me. I have worked at some really dysfunctional places over the years and this is always the root-cause of the dysfunction. Ms. Cramm previously held positions as both a CIO and CFO, so she has a lot of street cred (at least with me) when it comes to telling both groups how they should be working together.
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I was recently reading some of the answers to a question posted on Focus.com and was troubled by a statement within one of them. Keep in mind that the following quote comes from the president of a company. He said, “…And remember that IT is part of the Corporate Axis of Evil, along with Procurement [...]
You know what the problem is with data management? It’s not sexy, or even interesting, to most business leaders. They couldn’t care less about data or its management; it’s actionable information and efficient, accurate processes that they desire. Data quality, master data management (MDM), data integration, even data governance; if you can’t show how these [...]
One of my favorite pet phrases is, “Pay me now, or pay me later; either way, you’re gonna pay me.” This is my way of pointing out that the decision being made at that moment could have long-term effects on the product being developed. I want people to see that their sub-optimal decisions can come [...]
Imagine this scenario. Your company has hired a consulting firm to develop an enterprise data strategy for you. The firm’s leadership team is meeting with the client’s leadership team for a project kick-off meeting. Sometime during the first few minutes of the conversation, one of the consultants asks the business leaders, “So, do you treat [...]