Category Archives: Efficiency and Cost Reduction

Best practices in how to achieve Efficiency and Cost Reduction goals

Digitalization and Its Broader Impacts

We have discussed several times in the past few years the impacts of digitalization on the corporate landscape with a particular focus on the technology industry. We have also explored the key constraints of organizations to keep pace and to innovate. But … Continue reading

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Improving Vendor Performance

As we discussed in our previous post on the inefficient technology marketplace, the typical IT shop spends 60% or more of its budget on external vendors – buying hardware, software, and services. Often, once the contract has been negotiated, signed, … Continue reading

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Overcoming the Inefficient Technology Marketplace

The typical IT shop spends 60% or more of its budget on external vendors – buying hardware, software, and services. Globally, the $2 trillion dollar IT marketplace (2013 estimate by Forrester) is quite inefficient where prices and discounts vary widely … Continue reading

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Moving from Offshoring to Global Shared Service Centers

My apologies for the delay in my post. It has been a busy few months and it has taken an extended time since there is quite a bit I wish to cover in the global shared service center model. Since … Continue reading

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How Did Technology End Up on the Sunday Morning Talk Shows?

It has been two months since the Healthcare.gov launch and by now nearly every American has heard or witnessed the poor performance of the websites. Early on, only one of every five users was able to actually sign in to … Continue reading

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Whither Virtual Desktops?

The enterprise popularity of tablets and smartphones at the expense of PCs and other desktop devices is also sinking desktop virtualization. In addition to the clear link that tablets and smartphones are cannibalizing PC sales, mobility and changing device economics is … Continue reading

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Turning the Corner on Data Centers

Recently I covered the ‘green shift’ of servers where each new server generation is not only driving major improvements in compute power but is also requires about the same or even less environmentals (power, cooling, space) as the previous generation. … Continue reading

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Cloud Trends: Turning the Tide on Data Centers

A recent study by Intel shows that the compute load that required 184 single-core processors in 2005 now can be handled with just 21 processors where every nine servers are replaced by one. For 40 years, technology rode Moore’s Law … Continue reading

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Outsourcing and Out-tasking Best Practices

I recently published this post first at InformationWeek and it generated quite a few comments, both published and several sent directly via e-mail.  I would note that a strong theme is the frustration of talented staff dealing with senior leadership … Continue reading

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Optimizing Technology Infrastructure with Master Craftsmen

One of my former colleagues, Ralph Bertrum, has provided the primary material for today’s post on how to optimize a technology infrastructure with master craftsmen. Ralph is one of these master craftsmen in the mainframe infrastructure space. If you are … Continue reading

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