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Racing IT – Introduction

29 January, 2013 Leave a comment
Formula 1 Starting Grid, picture from http://www.thecarwallpapers.com

Formula 1 Starting Grid, picture from thecarwallpapers

Formula 1 (or Grand Prix) is the leading motor sport competition in the world. It is a global competition, consisting of 11 teams competing against one another at 20 different international venues. Formula 1 is a glamour sport where actors, politicians and other famous personalities associate themselves with the teams and the sport. The top teams have budgets of hundreds of millions of dollars. Ferrari, the longest running and most valuable team in Formula 1 is worth more than a billion dollars in terms of merchandise, intellectual property and sponsorships.

Formula 1 is a high stress environment where the teams are under constant scrutiny by the media, supporters and business partners. Week in and week out the teams need to stay competitive while managing this stressful environment. A single mistake can end a campaign leaving the team open to criticism and failure. Good management and teamwork is of the essence to ensure a winning and successful season. It is a highly innovative sport where continuous improvement to the car is the difference between staying competitive and just taking part. While the current racing cars are continuously improved, the teams must also manage the design and testing of their cars for the next season. Read more…

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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…