Managers need advice on IT

Senior managers in firms need help with their IT decisions if their businesses are going to benefit in the information age, says a new book on IT Management, “Tricks of the Trade”. According to its author, Guy Dresser,  senior managers are not making the best use of information technology because of their lack of IT knowledge, expertise and skills. They do not understand precisely what it is they need, so they are not making the best IT investment.

“Consultants and software get blamed for the problems because the people responsible for IT – the financial directors – do not know their IT market,” said Dresser. Continue reading

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Control is the key to preventing IT disasters

Reports of information systems projects going belly-up have become all too common in recent years. The biggest failures are household names: the London Stock Exchange, the London Ambulance Service and Wessex Regional Health Authority to name just three.

Yet for every big-name cock-up, there are many dozens of small projects that do not work out as their sponsors intended. According to Arthur Andersen partner Paul Williams, the chief reason for this is poor project management. Continue reading