Archive for March, 2001
“The last thing IBM needs is a vision.” – Lou Gerstner, 1993
Johnny Carson, in the Carnac routine he lovingly borrowed from the late, great, Ernie Kovacs, gave the answer first. The question was in a closed envelope that had been “kept in a hermetically sealed mayonnaise jar on Funk and Wagnall’s doorstep.” In best Carnac/Kovacs fashion, the answer is, “Little, brittle, and fiddle.” But you have […]
ManagementSpeak: Think outside the box. Translation: There’s no money in the box. This week’s contributor figured that by remaining anonymous, he could avoid the box altogether.
In the Minneapolis winter, hot soup makes an appealing lunch. At a local eatery specializing in such fare I learned an important lesson for IT. This restaurant serves soup in bowls and “bottomless” bowls. Bottomless gets you unlimited refills. Here’s your challenge: As an IT analyst, devise a system to keep track of who’s entitled […]
ManagementSpeak: We strive to be the industry leader. Translation: We strive to copy our competitors, but on the cheap. This week’s contributor, although anonymous, became an industry leader by submitting this addition to our phrase-book.
B2B. B2B2B. B2B2B2B2B2B2B. Sounds like Porky Pig, doesn’t it? And just as Porky’s stuttering means nothing until the actual words come along, it doesn’t matter how many B2Bs you have — none of them create any value at all until a B2C happens. B2Bs are all in the middle of a value chain; the end […]
ManagementSpeak: We need to cut our IT budget. Translation: We haven’t figured out a way to grow, and aren’t willing to give up any executive perks. This week’s anonymous contributor describes the relationship between strategy and budget.
“Machines don’t serve us, we serve them.” This phrase was one of many repeated by Thomas Friedman of the New York Times from the Davos Conference recently. Normally a reasonable feller, I’m afraid Friedman got the point but missed its meaning. The point? We’re on the verge of technology backlash. The irony of wireless technologies, […]