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Anne Grybowski

Anne is a former staff writer for CAI's Accelerating IT Success, with a degree in Media Studies from Penn State University.

July, 2013

  • 23 July


    提到美国司法部,我们都希望系统尽可能的现代化。不幸的是,这种情况很少存在。根据马克·彼得森的一篇文章,最近调查显示美国司法部的系统已经运作了平均二十年之久了。这和懒惰以及无知毫不相干。彼得森认为这些问题的出现是因为没有业务要求的明确定义: 不幸的是我们在现代化的计划进程中持续看到业务和技术要求定义的缺乏。许多客户仅仅按照供应商的计划来加工以及执行而不管他们有时对于高效业务的特殊的个性化的需求。麦肯锡季刊最近刊登的一系列研究进一步证实大小项目的失败案列。然而,大项目不仅更常失败而且履行的更少。根据麦肯锡/牛津的研究,一半预算超过1500万美元的IT项目超出预算45%却落后于计划7%并比预计履行率少了56%。 IT为部门推进它们自己的项目管理表示支持。似乎站在政府的立场,最好的行动便是先聚焦现代化业务再看什么样的技术最能迎合业务需求。IT对于现代化商业发展来说确实是至关重要的,但有时在你的业务计划没有完全建立之前就尝试引入IT或许不太明智。 一旦我们评估了业务需求是什么并妥善计划,那么我们就可以让IT服务于我们了。从司法部的例子我们可以看到准确地找到系统最需要的东西是更新过时技术的第一步。也许在未来系统平均会从20年变为几乎全新。  在這裡閱讀完整的文章(英文)

June, 2013

  • 3 June

    Growth of Human Factors in Application Development

    When we think of technological developments, we somehow tend to forget that there is a great amount of human factors involved.  How humans behave is become more a more a part of how applications are developed.  According to an article from Alistair Cockburn, there is no such thing as the average human when it comes to application development.  People who use technology cover all age groups and cultural backgrounds, so it seems that, as time …

May, 2013

  • 30 May

    Supply-Chain Nightmares

    Dealing with supply chain can mean dealing with more than one’s fair share of nightmares.  An article from Technology Forecasters Inc. suggests two of the more popular issues a start-up are likely to face in supply chain are insufficient supplier qualification and waiting too long to bring in supply chain experts.  These issues can lead to consequences including overpaying and missing deadlines. The article notes that the best possible course of action is to invest …

  • 30 May

    Apple Named World’s Best Supply Chain

    It is no news to anyone that Apple is a force to be reckoned with in the business world.  Now it seems they have even more to brag about than before.  Gartner has placed Apple at the top of the list of the top 25 supply chains.  In an article by Rebecca Ellinor, we learn that this is the sixth year in a row for Apple to receive this distinction.  Ellinor says this announcement is …

  • 30 May

    Supply Chain Management Concerns and Solutions

    Anyone who has ever worked in supply chain management knows it can be a difficult task.  In this second part of an article series, Jon Minnick, associate editor at Industrial Distribution, discusses some key concerns of supply chain management.  Minnick poses questions to industry experts to get the most informed answers on issues.  When asked how long it should take for an organization to start seeing desired results from implementation, Prashant Bhatia, Vice President of …

  • 30 May

    The Progression of Company Culture Within an Organization

    Company culture may form differently depending on the company.  Regardless of how it is formed, it can ultimately reflect the successful or not-so-successful nature of the company.  Founder of Invasion CEO Nick Steiert points out what to expect and what to look out for when introducing new employees to the company culture.  Believe it or not, many new hires will acclimate quickly to the company culture without a whole lot of pressure from those who …

  • 29 May

    How Not To Do Earned Value

    Earned Value can be a tricky concept.  As we see in a blog post from industry expert Glen B. Alleman, there is a right way and a wrong way to deal with Earned Value, and even those who have been in business for years confuse the two.  Alleman compiled eight ways to do Earned Value successfully.  These include collecting the actual costs to perform the work and computing cost and schedule variance.  Alleman notes that …

  • 29 May

    7 Common Sources of Risk Cause Many Projects to Crash

    Risks can certainly be specific to different situations, but there are seven common sources of risk, according to an article by Vin D’Amico on BrainsLink, that are to blame for many project failures.  These risks occur in different areas in different ways, so it is important to able to recognize danger before your organization falls into an old trap.  The sources are as follows: ·         Unknown Stakeholders ·         Fuzzy Project Scope ·         Gold Plated Requirements …

  • 29 May

    Is the CMO Still the CIO’s Enemy?

    As IT and Marketing are forced to work more and more closely together, the relationship between CIOs and CMOs is also changing.  While the relationship between the two was once strained, both parties are beginning to realize that working in harmony is good for business.  This is the focus of an article by Dynamic CIO contributor Rahul Neel Mani.  Mani suggest that remaining enemies is not doing anyone any good. According to experts quoted in …