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Remember Conway’s Law

October 8, 2013 11 Comments
Remember Conway’s Law

Some years ago, I was called in to lead a team of three other people in reviewing a major project at a Fortune 50 corporation. This project, which I’ll call QUBE, was a major end-to-end re-engineering of that firm’s mission-critical systems, intended to replace all the existing legacy systems. The QUBE project was supposed to […]

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IT retrenchment: performing IT project triage

October 7, 2013 2 Comments
IT retrenchment: performing IT project triage

The on-going economic turmoil in the U.S. and global economies over the past several years continues to force many organizations to freeze, trim or even dramatically slash internal budgets. If you’re an experienced IT manager, you already know that your budget may be among the first to be affected. And that means making hard choices, […]

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Windows XP end-of-life on April 8, 2014: the debate [UPDATED]

September 20, 2013 2 Comments
Windows XP end-of-life on April 8, 2014: the debate [UPDATED]

[UPDATE AT END OF POST] As I mentioned in my previous post (“Windows Forever and Ever?“), Windows XP still has 33% of the desktop/laptop installed base, even though Microsoft has set its end-of-life (meaning no more security patches) for April 2014 — seven months from now. That 33% actually represents half a billion computers, all […]

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“Microsoft Windows Forever and Ever?” (Windows Magazine, June 1996)

September 18, 2013 6 Comments
“Microsoft Windows Forever and Ever?” (Windows Magazine, June 1996)

[Here’s another article I published back in 1996, this one predicting the problems that Microsoft would face as it continued to advance the Windows operating system.  While I didn’t anticipate in this article the rise of post-PC devices, nor the return of Steve Jobs to Apple and subsequent transformation of NeXTstep into OS X, I […]

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Getting technology lifecycles in sync

August 23, 2013 3 Comments
Getting technology lifecycles in sync

Different technologies age at different rates. Understanding the variations is the first step to managing them. One of the great challenges you face as an IT manager is selecting the right technology for a given project, for a specific department, or for your organization as a whole. That technology may be anything from an end-user […]

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