IT Management is Really IC Management

January 5, 2010 by · Comments Off 

The KNOW Network just declared IT Departments Fail to Deliver Value based on a global survey of IT executives by Axios Systems. Here are a few of the data points they cite:

  • 57% believe their systems do not deliver the value expected by the business
  • 64% are unable to provide the business with real-time quantifiable metrics demonstrating the value of their services
  • 39% believe that business decision-makers still do not understand the value IT brings to the business.

The reason that IT management is so hard is that it is so closely tied to IC management. And companies are doing an even worse job with IC than they are with IT. Read more

CIO’s–and CFO’s–Need to “Get Real”

November 5, 2009 by · 2 Comments 

two-c-guys-and-a-computerThere is an interesting report at called CFOs to CIOs: Get Real.

My response is that CFO’s need to “get real” too.

One of the biggest barriers between CFO’s and CIO’s is how they view the cost of projects. CFO’s are trapped inside an accounting model that expenses a lot of investments. Recent macro data suggested that US businesses spent $1.7 trillion on intangibles versus $1.2 on tangibles. For the most part, intangibles get expensed, tangibles get capitalized. Many  of these intangibles are related to IT-enabled systems and/or processes. Read more

How can we use IT to optimize our Intellectual Capital?

June 17, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

enter button from computerI received a call the other day from the administrator of a good-sized Sharepoint implementation. He had actually fielded a number of requests from managers in his organization about how to use IT to optimize IC.

Wow. I love questions like that, especially since I have had a category on this blog since last year called IT=IC. They were thinking in terms of knowledge management. I think that’s a great place to start but doesn’t get to the most exciting part. That’s because knowledge in itself is not that big a deal. Read more

Intellectual Capital Advice from Google’s Larry Page

June 12, 2009 by · 4 Comments 

In Larry Page’s commencement speech at the University of Michigan, he shares a lot of personal stories and also includes a gem about intellectual capital. The personal stories include his family’s connections to Michigan and a tribute to his Dad who was a professor there. He is an amazingly unassuming person. You won’t regret listening to the address.

What I want to talk about was one of his bits of advice at the end of his talk:

Technology and especially the internet can really help you be lazy. Read more

IT and the Building of Intellectual Capital–Are You Ready?

April 13, 2009 by · Comments Off 

I was inspired by a great post here from IT Business Alignment blog that talked about the need for IT to focus on business, not technology.

In drafting my comment, I came upon  an analogy between building intellectual capital and building a house. IT often is treated (and acts) as a specialty contractor–creating the plumbing, the wiring and the foundation. I started thinking. What is really needed is a general contractor (GC), someone that coordinates all the pieces to make sure it is an integrated whole. Is that the role of IT? I think so. They have to make the pieces fit together, to coordinate it all.

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Strengthening Relationship Capital by Automating the Supply Chain

April 7, 2009 by · Comments Off 

Our monthly call for the Intangible Asset Finance Society last Friday was great. Bob Rittereiser shared with us his view of the need for greater automation and control of global supply chains.

It’s no news that companies have done an increasing amount of outsourcing in recent years. That trend and the increased visibility of everything that companies do means that errors or inappropriate operations by a supplier (think lead paint and child labor) often come back to bite the corporations selling the goods. This is why relationship capital (one of the three core components of intellectual capital) needs to get careful attention in today’s corporation. Read more

How to Increase the Return on Your IT Investments NOW

March 17, 2009 by · Comments Off 

I love the fact that McKinsey is talking about IT as a strategic investment here and advising companies to avoid wholesale slashing of investments in “Managing IT in a downturn: Beyond cost cutting.”

There is a lot of good advice here. They lay out areas of opportunities for quick return for investment in specific business processes, as well as specific areas that can be ripe for short-term gain.

I think there is also a real opportunity in today’s environment to fine tune and increase your return on past investments. What I see with my clients is that the most important factor in success of IT investment is the accompanying ecosystem.

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Management Lessons on Web 2.0

March 16, 2009 by · Comments Off 

Thanks to KNOW Network here for the great summary of McKinsey’s suggestions here on how to make Web 2.0 work:

  1. The transformation to a bottom-up culture needs help from the top.
  2. The best uses come from users – but they require help to scale.
  3. What’s in the workflow is what gets used.
  4. Appeal to the participants’ egos and needs – not just their wallets.
  5. The right solution comes from the right participants.
  6. Balance the top-down and self-management of risk. Read more

Investment Tax Credits 2.0 — We Need to Consider Intangibles

February 17, 2009 by · Comments Off 

An article in Business Week here about a conversation going on between Silicon Valley and Washington DC about the possibility of creating an IT innovation tax credit. This is a step in the right direction. Many of the dollars spent on IT are consulting and integration dollars which are not considered “investments” by accountants. But they  definitely are investments. Read more

IT Moving Beyond Automation to Creation

January 9, 2009 by · Comments Off 

Susan Cramm has a great post here about the new frontiers of IT. She says,

Recently, I asked some business executives for their top three IT wishes. Across the board, their responses echoed a common plea: “I wish IT projects would come in on time and on budget.”

Funny thing is – this very reasonable sounding request is actually quite unreasonable. Read more

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