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Aligning information supply and demand

Business - IT alignment - when you read the articles written on the subject it turns out most of the time they focus on alignment between business and IT on a strategic level. But alignment between the two on...

Quick and dirty power reduction

A work colleague showed me a new piece of Green software called Gronola (formally called MicroMiser) which is quite simple in what it does but seems to work very effectively. This got me thinking back to a presentation I...

Tags: windows

How to solve a hard problem in health IT

I examined the problem of how to log every single view of every record in the ultimate hot desking environment – the hospital ward, in my last post. This constraint of managing the audit trail is a difficult one....

The emotional IT manifesto

Leading IT professionals is different from leading sales people, lawyers, or accountants. And yet, only a small fraction of management literature acknowledges that leading IT professionals to their full potential requires insight into some quite specific characteristics of their...

Sharing for power

Knowing how to share limited resources is a valuable skill. Already as children, we learn how to share our toys, how to resolve fights over who is first on the swing peacefully, and how to ask around nicely before...

Tags: security

"You see some hospital colleagues with eight cards around their neck”

This quote in the title is from Dr Grant Ingrams, Chair of the BMW IT Committee and is in relation to a new NHS initiative. What we have here is a classic example of how not to go about...

Tags: security

The illusion of IP protection

Here is my take on an extremely common event: Earlier this week I lost a USB stick while travelling to Germany. Maybe I let it slip between the seats on the plane and it is now trying to make...

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Hail the almighty business case

These days if you want to gain access to investment funds you better be able to create a good business case. The marvels of the business case are many. Opportunities are quantified while all (relevant) aspects are captured in...

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Six questions to ask

The problem with IT is that we are often fire fighting, which means that the high level view gets lost in the day to day issues like the printer has no ink or the projector bulb has gone. That...

Internet utility service

Ten years on from the creation of broadband the internet is fast becoming a utility service not unlike electricity and gas, however we have a long way to go before we can rely on it being a utility service....