25 06 2015
The risks of cloud computing? Vendor lock-in, data security and compliancy, and quality of service (i.e. availability, continuity and performance) are most commonly mentioned as intrinsic risks.
The most significant risk of cloud computing, however, is the denial of its actual and future importance. Let us explain why.
22 06 2015
Do we need project management in IT projects? Of course. But we have to manage the amount of management needed and simplify the way to perform it. The purpose of this blog is to share some ideas and impressions about the needed degree of formalization. And in fact, project management is more or less an art. You have to feel it. Like so many other things in life. Amongst others, the correct mix of formalization and freedom leads to a lovely piece of art.
15 06 2015
There is a huge misunderstanding in the way most people treat vulnerability. More specifically, there is a problem with how people show their own vulnerability. While many believe this is seen as a sign of weakness, I consider a balanced demonstration of strengths and weaknesses an indication of self-knowledge, self-confidence and true value.
Often I see people looking for shelter behind their laptop, or, even worse, behind their own back when giving presentations to prospective customers. They are looking at their screen or at the whiteboard most of the time, grasping hold on the content of their slides. Next to clearly showing their uncertainty, they miss out important, non-verbal feedback from their audience.
It was a cold December day in 2008, almost Christmas. My first meeting at Scabal’s headquarters in Brussels. Scabal is a producer of exclusive cloth and suits within the luxury fashion segment. That’s where I heard about Tailor Hoff for the first time, the German Scabal division that produces those luxury suits. The suit is following a trail like a snake throughout the production factory. Hundreds of employees are working there in Saarbrücken. The legacy IT system did not register this, SAP should. It was the start of 6 amazing years, 10 to 20 visits each year in Tailor Hoff.