- 4/4/2015 8:04:43 PM
@James: It's also helped cloud providers see success -- by targeting specific departmental needs, which alleviates the burden on the organization's IT department "proper."
- by Lyndon_Henry, Blogger
- 3/24/2015 11:10:14 PM
If the government big data project is going to take a year or two someone can make grandiose claims of what it is going to do, and then let that help with the next election. Even if the project fails, The pols buy enough time to dump the blame on someone else.
Yes, definitely a huge problem with many large public projects (like rail mass transit, new libraries, bridges, etc.). Politicians want something completed while they're still in office so they benefit from the photo-ops at the ribbon-cutting.
But it's important to keep in mind that most such projects "pay for themselves" mostly not through generating direct revenues but instead through an array of community benefits realized over time (e.g., reduced air pollution, higher tax revenues from increased valuations, etc.), and these may only be seen years after the original politicians have departed, even into their graves or cremation urns.
What I'd like to see is increased development of analytics-based systems to monitor and tabulate anticipated benefits, using appropriately identified data inputs, metrics, and the hardware and software needed to collect and process the data.
- 3/18/2015 9:22:17 AM
@Joe. That description of Shadow IT probably reflects how it got started years ago. I think it has grown quite a bit since then. Today you see marketing departments with their own professional IT staffs.
- 3/18/2015 8:26:49 AM
@James: And I am suddenly struck by an analogy, in which a CMO is like a housecat -- and Shadow IT is the litterbox in which he's trying to bury the ROI data.
- 3/16/2015 9:46:18 AM
Your point about making a business case got me thinking about Shadow IT. While I feel that Shadow IT maybe hasn't been as horrendous as was predicted in an operational sense (although there have been plenty of cases where a business unit head has begged IT to take over the initiative), I do wonder how many of those marketing department big data initiatives went through the type of cost/benefit review that most IT projects are subjected to. And, how many of them proved cost effective?
- 3/16/2015 9:42:55 AM
@Joe. The irony in your point about blaming the previous administation is that it doesn't just happen in politics. It's also an old standby in the IT field throughout industries. When a new CIO comes in the projects that are going well continue, are "refined" and "achieve success" under the newcomer. Anything that looks bad, "It was my predecessor's poor decision."
- by impactnow, Blogger
- 3/11/2015 1:21:36 PM
Jim I agree, if the focus is on what the data initative will accomplish for the business it will have a greater tendency to be successful. Like any other initiative, it should be supported with a business case. Understanding the investment and the impact is key to choosing the right projects data and otherwise.
- 3/10/2015 8:38:22 AM
@Joe. Good point about reelection. If the government big data project is going to take a year or two someone can make grandiose claims of what it is going to do, and then let that help with the next election. Even if the project fails, The pols buy enough time to dump the blame on someone else.
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