Twenty years ago, the Tennessee state government built a 70,000 square-foot data center in a location that now appears to have a few problems. What kind of problems, you ask?
Beyond IT Failure
Michael Krigsman is a recognized authority on the causes and prevention of IT failures.
Michael Krigsman is recognized internationally as an analyst, strategy advisor, enterprise advocate, and blogger. Interact with Michael on Twitter at @mkrigsman.
Brian Sommer always posts thoughtful, insightful articles on his Services Safari blog, and today is no exception. His piece entitled, Which Consultants are a Waste of Money, really gets to the heart of the matter.
Why do projects fail? Very often, the roots of failure lie in non-technical areas related to project management, organizational politics, and lack of consensus across stakeholders.
The Wisconsin state legislature has created a special group to study IT project cost overruns, called The Speaker’s Task Force on Failed Information Technology Projects. So far, they have scheduled monthly meetings running through August.
Even the most hardened infrastructure sometimes fails. Recently, Google groups was down, as you can see here.
All too often, enterprise software buyers pay insufficient attention to examining the likely achievable ROI of technology they are about to purchase. Wisconsin Technology Network interviewed Leslie Hearn, vice president and CIO of TDS Telecom, on the subject of establishing a strong business case when purchasing software.
Don Dodge has been around the software industry for a long time. Currently Director of Business Development, Emerging Business Team, at Microsoft, Don works closely with startups and venture capitalists.
The Information Aesthetics blog presents a nice way for visualizing certain kinds of data. As you can see from the image below, the chart displays three kinds of data simultaneously:X-axis data, such as time seriesY-axis data, such as a set of scoresSize data, governing magnitude for the data being representedIn effect, this visualization adds time-series and magnitude-series to a standard bubble chart.
Paper plates are decidedly not sexy, or so I thought until I met Michael Dwork at the Red Herring East 2007 conference. Michael is CEO of VerTerra, a company that uses dried, organically-grown palm tree leaves from India to produce amazing disposable dishes.
Recently, the Enterprise Irregulars, a group of analysts and bloggers covering enterprise software of which I am a member, have been discussing so-called virtual worlds, such as Second Life. An important aspect of this discussion has been the applicability of virtual worlds to business.