CIO : Capital Investment Outperformers or Cost Increases Owner ?

Which CIO the one at your company / your customers is ?

Indeed, that's not a great deal to say that people with a title starting with a glorious capital "C" shall know about money and companies strategy...

QOTD: Optimism in Computer Programming

A friend of mine published a William A. Ward quote about optimism :

William A. Ward Quote

As an IT specialist, this topic rang a bell in my mind, about another quote, which was written long ago by Frederick P. Brook, but still vivid in our daily lives :

Computer programming [...] creates with an exceedingly tractable medium. The programmer builds from pure thought-stuff: concepts and very flexible representations thereof. Because the medium is tractable, we expect few difficulties in implementation; hence our pervasive optimism. Because our ideas are faulty, we have bugs; hence our optimism is unjustified.

Frederick P. Brook -- The mythical Man-Month


As per F. Brook quote, we're still highly prone to outstanding optimism in projects' estimates. Technical risks are elusive, not well anticipated, and when activities start-up, bottom-up estimates do not take potential rework into account and dependencies are not clear enough to secure delivery dates... This is worse with teams which are made of lots of junior team members.

Although an experienced Project Manager is not able to delve into technical details, it's his responsibility to ask the right questions to unravel the hidden risks, and to secure costs and schedule.

Free e-books on Big Data

Back from holidays, but still in a sunny, summer mood... Got some time for reading ?

Here are 3 e-books on Big Data, edited by O'Reilly teams, which are free !

Enjoy !

IT Transformation - Hitting a moving target ?

IT transformation is a big deal: it can make or break a company's ability to adapt and therefore to keep the lead or to stay in the race. These high stakes, combined with the ongoing business as usual turmoil make it feel like hitting a moving target:

  • Not hitting it could jeopardize your future
  • It's very difficult as target moves 
  • It requires the snipper's experience to have a chance of success
  • It requires to anticipate all kind of various factors that could lead to mission to failure: an experienced snipper knows majority of those which requires his attention

Here are 5 "snipper" hints which tend to lead IT transformation programs to success...

30 Nov - Conference at ENSIMAG - CSP Information Systems

A conference organized by Capgemini Telecom & Media division and Grenoble INP ENSIMAG.

Information Systems are critical for Communication Service Providers to be able to deliver services as well as to generate revenue from these services. How do they leverage industry standards such as TM Forum Frameworx to maximize ROI ? What is the standard organization of a CSP's IS ?