The Rule of Thirds

Archive for June, 2007

Get Procurement involved early in IT expenditure

Posted by pridham on June 29, 2007

In any negotiation, both parties must never agree to the first price as the buyer will feel he could have asked for a lower price and the seller thinks he could asked for more. Tips for success:

  1. Investing in a new or upgraded IT system is expensive, so get the procurement dept involved at the outset
  2. Ensure there is a Business Case
  3. Ensure KPIs exist to measure performance
  4. Do not have a shortlist of 2. If one drops out, there can only be one choice
  5. No concession without something in return

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Oracle and Wipro Deliver New Managed Service Offering for Identity Management

Posted by pridham on June 28, 2007

The new managed service offering utilizes leading components comprising Oracle(r) Identity Management, a component of Oracle Fusion Middleware, and helps organizations reduce identity management related costs, enhance security and streamline regulatory compliance across the enterprise.

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Business Intelligence Standard Edition One

Posted by pridham on June 27, 2007

Oracle press release here.

Extract:

A complete, integrated business intelligence (BI) and data warehousing system that is packaged, pre-configured, and priced to meet the needs of small to medium-sized organizations and workgroups.

Oracle Business Intelligence SE One, a component of Oracle Fusion Middleware, features all of the core BI capabilities small to medium-sized organizations need including interactive dashboards, formatted reporting, ad hoc query and analysis, extract, transform and load (ETL) technology, as well as the world’s leading database, in a single, easy to install package. Running on a single server, Oracle Business Intelligence SE One is available for deployments of five to 50 users at $1,000 per user.”

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BPEL4People

Posted by pridham on June 27, 2007

A group of vendors, including Active Endpoints, Adobe, BEA Systems, IBM, Oracle and SAP, announced June 25 the publication of “BPEL4People” specifications, which define an approach for integrating human interactions using BPEL 2.0.

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Intended business outcomes lacking in IT projects

Posted by pridham on June 27, 2007

 A recent HP survey said that speed of project delivery was driving company profits, yet a quarter of projects ran late. In 63% of projects, respondents said they would reduce the scope of the project if a project was behind schedule. And 31% said they would reduce quality and performance testing to prevent a delay and 45% said they would increase their budget.Significantly, 40% of UK users admitted that outsourcing was one of the reasons for project delays.

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Financial Services

Posted by pridham on June 27, 2007

More information on the new Financial Services Global Business Unit here. Looks like the unit will be 12,000 strong, attempting to make a co-ordinated solution based on Oracle’s recent acquisitions.

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Use IT to Measure the Business

Posted by pridham on June 26, 2007

The steps to measure a business:

  1. Create a strategy
  2. Identify business processes
  3. Break down strategy and processes into KPIs
  4. Create measurable objectives
  5. Assign objectives to manager
  6. Communicate startegy
  7. Cascade objectives to key individuals
  8. Measure, report and monitor
  9. Update measures as appropriate

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Oracle Process Integration Pack for Banking Account Origination

Posted by pridham on June 22, 2007

The Oracle Process Integration Pack for Banking Account Origination is part of the Oracle Application Integration Architecture, an open, standards-based platform based on Oracle Fusion Middleware SOA Suite for composite business processes across Oracle, third-party and custom applications. The integrated product is intended to seamlessly tie together two best-in-class applications to help banks improve the level and consistency of customer service across all delivery channels.

Using a single Siebel CRM screen, bank agents can see contact details from Siebel CRM and financial account details from FLEXCUBE, allowing staff members to provide informed and prompt service without the delays associated with navigating multiple screens. With a pre-integrated front-to-back-office application, retail banks can achieve instant value from their investment in Siebel CRM and i-flex’s FLEXCUBE.

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ITIL v3 released

Posted by pridham on June 20, 2007

ITIL’s most recent version, V3, represents an important evolutionary step in its life. The refresh has transformed the guidance from providing a great service to being the most innovative and best in class. At the same time, the interface between old and new approaches is seamless so that users do not have to reinvent the wheel when adopting it. V3 allows users to build on the successes of V2 but take IT service management even further.

In general, V3 makes the link between ITIL’s best practice and business benefits both clearer and stronger. The main development is that V3 takes a lifecycle approach to guidance, as opposed to organising according to IT delivery sectors. ITIL is now based on a core of five titles:

* Service Strategy
* Service Design
* Service Transition
* Service Operation
* Continual Service Improvement

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Web 2.0 – what does it mean?

Posted by pridham on June 20, 2007

Will web 2.0 (and above) mean the end of large ERP deployments?

Tim O’Reilly has a lot to answer for. When the publishing guru coined the term Web 2.0 at a 2004 conference he spawned a generation of marketing puff.

We have had Marketing 2.0, PR 2.0, Democracy 2.0, Identity 2.0, Jobs 2.0 and even Lunch 2.0. The numerical suffix has become shorthand for anything new and, more dubiously, groovy.

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