As a guy who studies IT failures, I come across lots of rehashed textbook crap describing project management fundamentals. Every now and then, however, I read something that offers a fresh and informed perspective on the subject.
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The Burton Group, an IT analyst firm, is trying to steal court customers away from competing firms, such as Gartner Group and Forrester Research, with a low-price offer. From the Burton "Drop a Seat" website:For a limited time, Burton Group is offering new, first-time clients unlimited, enterprise-wide access to one of our services for the price of a single seat from another IT research provider.
The House of Representatives' electronic system for recording and displaying votes by members broke down during the middle of a tense, crucial vote on the House floor. Apparently, the display portion of the system stopped working, while the vote recording mechanism still functioned, leading to lots of confusion.
Dell recently announced its intent to acquire ASAP, a provider of IT management tools and license management services. According to the official press release, Dell has darned high hopes for the acquisition:From the press release:The acquisition of ASAP furthers Dell’s long-term initiative to radically simplify IT for customers by removing cost and complexity and making technology more efficient, manageable and flexible.
The North Carolina State Auditor has released a report evaluating the effectiveness of the state's Enterprise Project Management Office (EPMO). This is the group responsible for overseeing project management on state IT projects.
The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report criticizing how the Treasury Department spends it $2.8 billion IT budget.
The Wall Street Journal describes ten methods for avoiding those pesky IT rules and regulations many people find so annoying. From the article:Often it's just easier to accomplish certain tasks using consumer technology than using the sometimes clunky office technology our company gives us -- compare Gmail with a corporate email account.
Recently, major hosting provider, 365 Main, suffered a significant outage, which affected a number of high-profile websites.As readers of this blog know, IT-related failures are commonplace.
In recent times, Wisconsin has experienced major IT meltdowns, prompting the State Auditor to release a report recommending various IT reforms. Wisconsin's state legislature also appointed a special task force to review failing IT projects, suggesting the state genuinely takes IT failures seriously.
Recently, Peachtree Pro Accounting was given away for free, making this commercial software look open source, from a financial acquisition perspective.Against this backdrop, I read comments by Roberto Galoppini, where he raises the issues of services in the open source world.