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The Role of Optimism in IT Governance

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I owe it to Fareed Zakaria to awaken me from the unwarranted gloom that IT expenditures may once again be scaled back.  I am sure I am not alone in sharing this gloom that IT expenditures may again be trending downards.  For years, capital expenditures were on the decline resulting in pent-up demand for new IT projects and services.  IT Governance was simply focussed on “Lights-On” type initiatives.

Over the past year or so, there was hope that critical IT projects which enable the enterprise to become more nimble or add additional revenue streams would again become mainstream.  With the political stalemate and the media focus on Europe, there were more than subtle hints that U.S. was next.   Fareed points out that the fundamentals in the U.S. are still sound and the problems are simply one of Governance.  A very accurate analysis, and encouraging as well.

IT Governance can benefit from optimisim.  Many projects get stalled in the analysis-paralysis twilight zone.  Agile methodologies help us discover project feasibility and benefits quickly.  Optimism in IT Governance will lead us to initiating projects, even if they are not “fully baked”.  This may appear to be contrary to the notion of starting only projects that are well understood, however, several IT projects can only be “fully baked” after some experimentation.  Social networks, cloud computing, open source and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) models accelerate development of these “prototype” projects.  Enterprises can quickly assess the benefits or abandon those projects that are not bearing fruit.  IT Governance methodologies need to adapt and be flexible to accommodate these prototype or experimental projects.

Written by Subbu Murthy

November 27, 2011 at 11:06 am

Posted in IT Governance

UGovernIT and Jeff Bezos

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In the recent article “6 Things Jeff Bezos Knew Back in 1997 That Made Amazon a Gorilla”,  I wanted a candid assessment of where I was headed with UGovernIT as a product.  Sitting across the table with one of the five founders at Amazon at one of the round tables, I was astounded as to the audacity and approach they were taking.  I never imagined e-commerce in 1997 would take off as it did.  We should never make the same mistake twice.  UGovernIT with the slogan Management Made Simple has all the markings of revolutionizing resource management.

Let us look at Jeff’s vision and see if it applies to us:

1. When there is a window of opportunity – go for it.  Yes – 80 hrs/week work load says it all for us plus all my savings/assets applied to this venture.

2. Think Long Term 5-7 years.  We started in 2008 and our go big moment is in 2013  – fits the time frame.

3. Focus on Long Term Market share – not short term profits.  We have 12 committed beta sites and they fill our void – what does the market really want.

4. OK to make mistakes but not be timid.  We chose initially IBM to be the platform for our product, but rewrote our product using Microsoft platform (SharePoint).  A chimpanzee Microsoft is easier to handle than a Gorilla IBM.

5. Obsess over customers.  My team answers not to me but to my customers and their needs.

6. Be the First.  We were the first to coin the term IT Analytics way back!

Good so far, now we have to become the Amazon, but I will settle for the sacred Ganges!  Check our website at and for a new version at

Written by Subbu Murthy

November 17, 2011 at 9:27 am

Posted in IT Governance