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EMS: How much does it cost? How long does it take?

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Enterprise Management Services

“How much does Enterprise Management Services cost and long does it take to implement?”

My response to this question is, “How much has it cost and how long has it taken to implement Information Technology (IT), or Information Systems (IS), or before that, Data Processing (DP)?” The answer to this question is, “Well, IT is not a project and you don’t really implement IT. IT is a function that has many deliverables, and each deliverable has its own cost and schedule”. So it is with Enterprise Management Services.

To put this question in perspective, let me ask you a question. “How much does your enterprise spend on IT each year…an average?” Now, multiple that number by 10 to get a sense of how much traditional IT has cost your enterprise over the last 10 years. Adjust the average per year to compensate for changes over the last twenty years and then see what the approximate 20 year cost is. Consider this, it everything stays the same what will your enterprise spend over the next 10-20 years. Now consider what you have, how much it cost, and how long it took to get that which you now have. Is this what you and your enterprise wants or needs to look forward to over the next 10-20 years?

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Introducing Enterprise Management Services

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Enterprise Management Services: An Introduction

The labels we assign to things have a lot to do with how we perceive them.

In the early days of IT we often called the function and/or department that designed and built automated information systems ‘Data Processing’. Over the ensuing decades, the label has generally evolved from Data Processing, to ‘Information Systems’, to ‘Management Information Systems’, to the current ‘Information Technology’.

Our attraction and fascination with technology tends to blind us from looking at the basic pervasive problems of the IT industry. We seemed to have evolved to the point where there is an almost dogmatic belief that our economic and social wellbeing is totally dependent on developing and/or owning “the latest and greatest technology”. If you have a problem, technology will solve it…. guaranteed”. The situation has even progressed to where almost any new innovation or invention is called a “technological advancement”.

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How to Integrate or Disintegrate an Enterprise.

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To integrate, or not to integrate? That is the question.

Enterprise integration has been an enduring issue for business and IT managers for at least thirty years. How can such a fundamental issue persist for so long? Perhaps it persists because:

  • We don’t have a sound, shared definition of what we mean by enterprise integration or disintegration, and
  • We do not fully understand the root causes of enterprise integration or disintegration.

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Enterprise Architecture: What Is It?

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Enterprise Architecture: What Is It?

1.0 Introduction

Much discussion and debate goes on about “What is Enterprise Architecture”? This discussion is very diverse in scope and content. As evidenced by this discussion, Enterprise Architecture has not achieved a universal, standard, generally recognized definition.

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Why Build? Why Buy? The Proverbial IT Conundrum

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Why Build, Why Buy?

The Proverbial IT Conundrum

Introduction

Over the past 50 years or so, IT (a.k.a. Data Processing and Information Systems) has been spending hundreds of billions of dollars each year. After all of this time and money, IT still seems to be stuck in a rut that continues to perpetuate the problems that have plagued the industry from its beginning. These problems have been so persistent that the IT industry continues to perpetuate them even today.

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