Consulting and Research: A Practitioners Approach to Using Theory in Practice

"In theory, there is no difference between practice and theory. In practice there is."
Yogi Berra

The goal of my consulting efforts is to improve strategic alignment between IT resources and business goals for client organizations.

Better alignment has been shown to result in cost savings, productivity improvements, and greater organizational efficiency, as depicted in the figure below.

How IT Governance models can help strenghten the alignment between IT and business


Information systems are essential to all modern businesses and those systems which were once managed largely by an IT staff, today are found in so many business processes that their operational responsibility often falls to non-technical employees. Organizational processes and complex IT systems are increasingly interwoven in modern businesses and consequently better management of IT processes grows in importance.  Consequently, business management practices throughout the organization are changing to also better manage IT.

IT Controls are a very effective and proven method for strengthening alignment. However, the absence of any discussion of IT controls in current management practices may stem from a lack of empirical motivation for practitioners, a void I am working to help fill.

My academic research supports my consulting work as I seek evidence to demonstrate that all levels of organizational management can benefit from increased familiarity with IT controls using frameworks such as CobiT, ITIL and ISO/IEC 20000, among others. 


 
eBusiness Project ManagementNothing is more perilous than shepherding a technology project to completion. The fact that most technology projects do not end up delivering what they promised, are over budget or late should be motivation enough for any small business to carefully consider how the project will be managed before committing their hard-earned cash.
Successful eBusiness Project Management

This article describes proven techniques to help ensure the success of your project, such as:
  • Setting a budget
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  • Customer centered scenarios
  • Dealing with scope creep
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Alignment

Organizations with effective IT alignment realize cost savings, productivity improvements, and better organizational efficiency. Helping organizations achieve alignment is the goal of my consulting practice and ongoing research.

If you would like to know more about alignment or how I assess and improve alignment in organizations, please feel free to contact me today.