Same as it ever was...

Same as it ever was...

Summary: News.com's Matt Hines cites a new study by the Hackett Group showing that companies building too much complexity into HR and financial software systems will incur higher costs than companies that have simple strategies.

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News.com's Matt Hines cites a new study by the Hackett Group showing that companies building too much complexity into HR and financial software systems will incur higher costs than companies that have simple strategies. The research group's findings were based on interviews with more than 2,000 companies. I could have told you that without doing any research. But David Herbert of the Hackett Group does have some good advice for IT execs: "CIOs are constantly faced with business leaders who truly believe that their particular group or unit is different and has unique requirements, and who will resist standardization efforts, fearing they will lose their competitive edge. IT leaders need to hold the line, sell the value of standardization and simplification, and at the same time be aware of situations where a valid business cases exist to support customization." Same as it ever was...

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  • Do they resist

    standardization efforts, or does the management give them NONE? Clueless IT management usually don't understand what needs standardizing in the first place.
    Roger Ramjet
  • Thanks Dan!

    "Time isn't holding us...
    Time isn't after us...
    Same as it ever was...
    Same as it ever was...

    Letting the days go by, let the water hold me down
    Letting the days go by, water flowing underground
    Into the blue again, after the money's gone
    Once in a lifetime, water flowing underground"

    Now it will be in my head all day!

    ;)
    Real World
  • Studies and obvious conclusions

    Complex software costs more than simple software? I am shocked--SHOCKED, I say--to see gambling going on at Rick's! I mean, to see that it costs more money to produce a complex product than to produce a simple one.

    This is right up there with the recent study that using a cell phone while driving makes an accident four times more likely. To paraphrase C&C Music Factory (and also Arsenio Hall), there are things that make you go "Hmm..." and then there are things that make you go "Hmm... you think?!"
    Third of Five