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Cost centre vs. Profit centre – the debate continues!

16 May, 2012 Leave a comment

Should IT be a cost centre or a profit centre?

This debate has been on-going for a number of years, and continues to be still relevant. The reason for this debate is rather simple, accountability. Business wants to know what they get for sinking millions of bucks into IT, and IT wants to prove that they are worth the money given to them. The debate starts when the return on investment and productivity of the IT department must be proven on the financial statements. In essence the core of this debate is to prove the performance of the IT department and to show that business gets a proper return on their investment.

What is a cost centre?

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Public ease

15 December, 2011 Leave a comment
the road to a private cloud

Road to the cloud

This week I signed up for Amazon’s cloud services, it is really easy! I haven’t signed up for any other public cloud services, so I can only speak here of the Amazon experience. Within minutes I had a full functioning cloud infrastructure with virtual machines, databases, load balancing and auto scaling. I had an exact price of what it will cost me, with the ability to factor in growth cost, and options available for growing and scaling. Read more…

How the cloud will shape the future of ECM

6 September, 2011 Leave a comment

Information Technology as we know it is changing fast and these changes will have a direct influence on the future of ECM. There is a number of factors that is working together to change the way that individuals and organisations will consume software and services. The rapid adoption of cloud solutions and cloud based services, new levels in mobility and a big move to social anything work together to change the way that content will be managed and accessed. In this article I’m not going to touch on mobility or social interaction with content, I’m going to purely focus on the cloud influence. The reason for this is that the cloud infrastructure and services is providing new ways for content creation and consumption for individuals and organisations alike. Read more…

The convergence of ECM, big data, social and the cloud

18 July, 2011 1 comment

Enterprise content management is probably one of the most needed technologies that never really took off. Even in large organisations with a definite and well-defined content management policy, there is still a lot of manual content managed by employees on their computers. Content is still send through email and stored in various repositories across the organisation. Read more…

The cloud evolution

29 June, 2011 1 comment

I love how the IT industry can jump on the bandwagon. As soon as a new catch phrased is coined and shown to be a billion dollar market, you get new players, current players, corporates, specialists, contractors etc. etc. using the new “word” in everything. The marketing departments have a new moving target and do their best to show the whole world that they are indeed the leaders and the actual solution to meet the expectations of the market. The catch phrase today is cloud computing, and although it is not new, the marketing and vendor buy-in into cloud computing only started now.

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Weather forecast

12 June, 2011 Leave a comment

So what will the weather be like going forward, cloudy with rain or cloudy with sunshine? The fact is that the cloud is going to change things, but to what extend and what will the results be? What is the world going to be like after the cloud, but more importantly, how are we going to get there? Today I was astounded to meet someone working in the IT industry, a decision maker that did not know what the cloud is. And this person is working at a big enterprise. That is leading me to this question, how are we going to get there, because I think that is going to determine what we are going to have after the storm.

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iCloud: fluffy or not?

9 June, 2011 Leave a comment

There is now a lot of news around Apple’s iCloud, so I thought to throw in my two cents worth.

Firstly, I want to start off by saying that Apple has now taken over the marketing mantle from Microsoft and must surely be the best self marketing company out there. They know how to reach their consumers and more importantly, how to keep their consumers happy. This is a good thing! Secondly, my view on Apple is that they have very successfully changed themselves into a media company, with some great devices to make use of this media. Call it iMedia for lack of a better word, but they are really good at it, and they keep playing to their strengths, which is also a good thing! Read more…