Like death and taxes, there are some subjects that nobody wants to ponder for too long. Nonetheless, they happen whether we think about them or not. Data storage is a little like that. It's not a sexy topic, we know. But if your company wants to manage its information, it's inevitable
Most businesses are home to scores of information systems that remain uselessly disconnected from one another. Until those systems are integrated, technology investments won't live up to your expectations.
It's difficult enough for the average CEO to satisfy a board of directors - even tougher for a corporate turnaround specialist, who's bound to make some unpopular decisions. But how would you like to transform an ailing company while reporting to 535 people? Worse yet, 535 people much inclined to internecine bickering?
EVERY COMPANY HAS THEM: PEOPLE WHO know things. And most of us know who they are. It could be Harry in the office down the hall, who talks to just about everybody. Or maybe it's Georgia in distribution, who controls access to the shipping database. Organisations function courtesy of a social network of employees giving, hoarding, influencing or accumulating information. From this network sprout the innovations that will produce the next money-making product or service. Although no company can survive without such a network, some companies are beginning to realise that they can profit by analysing these invisible communication links.
CFOs not only rely on IT to manage the enterprise's finances, they must also assess its value and in many cases oversee the function. A recent US survey outlines the top IT issues for finance executives; their Australian counterparts are likely to concur
Change is inherently messy. Isolating that messiness in a protected environment gives employees the freedom to experiment with new processes - and the opportunity to learn from mistakes without affecting the bottom line