Category Archives: Blogosphere Discussion

Making architecture work more quickly

I talk to a lot of business-side people, far more than I do people in the IT group, actually. When I do, I always ask them for their impressions of their enterprise’s IT. These days, the number one complaint isn’t … Continue reading

Complexity, Completeness and Containment

As an ICT (Information and Communications Technology) manager, many of your concerns will be centred in three basic areas: Reducing complexity – trying to keep things simple both for delivering solutions and for managing operations Assuring completeness – establishing complete … Continue reading

Is Blackberry succeeding or failing?

Canadians, their minds filled with the sorry sagas of Nortel, Corel, and other Canadian technology companies that shone brightly only to crash to earth, are prepared for the inevitable dénouement of Blackberry. “Just more proof we can’t succeed.” Well, stuff … Continue reading

Windows RT Is Not Going Away

Windows RT is being chalked up as a failure: high advertising spend relative to sales means Microsoft is taking a loss to build its market share. Despite industry howling the end of Windows RT, this is unlikely to happen for … Continue reading

Governing the “brought your own” and “bought your own” enterprise

If you’re reading the business press this summer, you’ve probably noticed the number of articles emerging about how “bring your own device” is coming to an end, since it costs too much to support. Let’s leave the puff pieces for … Continue reading

When no vendor sets the fundamentals for you

In the comments in recent weeks here on the Blogosphere, there’s been a recurring theme of the notion of the gorilla that’s been discussed. Gorillas are an idea from the 1990s that came from the work of Geoffrey A. Moore. … Continue reading

Microsoft's Tentacles

Microsoft is its organization chart in an attempt to be “One Microsoft all the time.” Don Sheppard noted that Microsoft is transforming the organization. The company is moving from a divisional structure to a functional one. This would benefit the … Continue reading

Multiple-valued Logic

How many of you have heard of Multiple-Valued Logic? We generally think that everything digital is binary, which is to say, made up of 1′s and 0′s.  The idea that computers work in binary mode is pretty much a given. … Continue reading

Will IT return to writing code?

When I started out in the IT industry back in the 1970s, developers wrote code. Lots of it. Packages didn’t exist. If you wanted a function performed in an application, you created it. In the earliest days of IT — … Continue reading

The IT doldrums and their opportunities

If you look back on the history of information technology, you’ll see that it’s composed of two basic types of period. There are times when one approach to computing drives one vendor into a leadership role. Think IBM after the … Continue reading

Microsoft's Re-organization – The Power of One

Microsoft announced a major re-organization on July 11, 2013 that has all the experts busy making  assessments and predicting the future for IT.  Needless to say, like the stock market, there are bulls and bears. The memo from Steve Ballmer … Continue reading

Email had better be at the top of your disaster recovery list

What’s on your disaster recovery list? If you’re like most organizations, even today, what’s to be recovered in the event of an emergency is a subset of your operations. That’s a foolish move right from the get go. Most organizations’ … Continue reading

Governance Boards are essential to a “choose your own” world

Moving ever deeper into “bring your own device”? Are user areas buying cloud services directly? Are users commissioning their own smartphone apps, or packaged solutions, with their business analysts starting to be mini-IT group heads? Your enterprise desperately needs a … Continue reading