With resources tight and specialist expertise at a premium, most organisations need to engage external parties at some point to deliver specific outcomes. But we all know how common it is for IT projects to fall short of expectations or to fail altogether, and things can get very messy when multiple parties are involved. I recently attended an ISACA seminar where Hamish White, an experienced Managing Consultant and Senior Program Manager, shared some practical steps you can take in dealing with technology partners to ensure successful project outcomes.
I was lucky enough to attend Taxonomy Bootcamp in Washington DC in November of this year. Taxonomy Bootcamp is an annual conference for around 200 taxonomists and Information Architects. It was great to be around people who thought what I do for a job is normal!
The changing digital landscape in New Zealand
The digital revolution is fundamentally changing how we operate both socially and commercially. Recent increases in mobile internet connectivity for the average New Zealander has spurred on the shift from a producer centric marketplace, to something much more customer focused.
At the recent Wellington Analytics Forum I had the pleasure of making some opening remarks on behalf of Optimation as the event sponsor. The topic was Analytics in Government and featured James Mansell as the keynote speaker. If you're not familiar with James, you can get an insight into his approach by taking a look at this rather excellent piece of work for the Productivity Commission.
By now, we’re all familiar with the argument that by identifying non-essential services like software development and support, you can make your first steps towards outsourcing IT solutions and IT services. By outsourcing your IT services you can look to reduce costs and improve efficiencies.
When companies first started talking about the cloud revolution and the third platform, the conversation changed from 'technology enabling transformation' to 'technology driving transformation'. But who is right? Do you start with a strategy or with a technology?
While information professionals have been designing file plans and thesauri for decades, chances are ontology development will be a new endeavour, created in a digital paradigm to deal primarily with digital content. Before grabbing a tool and collecting every word ever written, here are some key points to think about when developing an ontology:
I wrote in my last blog about why I think a search-driven environment is the way forward for businesses and the wider realm of information management. By moving to a folderless environment we are encouraging a search based system of storage and information management rather than static navigation paths that limit the visibility of connections between knowledge sets. Folderless structures encourage businesses and their employees to think more laterally about the information they’re storing and sharing. One way to support this evolution is through the use of an ontology.
IT solutions come in all shapes and sizes but when you mention ‘folderless content management system’ you’re going to send shivers up a few spines. The familiar structure of folder based storage and navigation mimics the trusty paper based storage systems of years gone past. But we can’t ignore the catchcry of ‘I can never find where my colleagues have saved things’, ‘There is so much junk saved in my team’s folders’, ‘I save things locally because the folder structure is out of date’.