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Demand Management Is An Oxymoron

I was delivering a presentation recently to a group of IT executives and one of the CIOs asked “The Integration Factory sounds great, but how do you manage backlog?” My response was, “There is no backlog so there is nothing to manage.” In lean terminology, a backlog of projects or change requests are work-in-process inventory and are considered waste; essentially an inventory of unmet needs. A lean factory strives to minimize WIP by using just-in-time techniques. (more…)

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Why Lean Integration Is HOT

Lean Integration: An Integration Factory Approach To Business Agility is nearing its one-year publication anniversary and is already in its third printing – not to mention all the copies distributed through the various eBook formats.  The question is why? (more…)

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Outsourcing Doesn’t Make Sense Anymore

Outsourcing doesn’t make sense in the context that many IT executives think of it – namely labor arbitrage. In this context outsourcing is a tactical short-term strategy; what do you do to reduce costs once you’ve replaced all your expensive people with cheap ones?  Furthermore, the wage differences around the world are not as great as they once were.  When coupled with the loss of information from the communication gap, the result is lower quality and rework which quickly consumes any benefits that you might have had. So what does make sense? (more…)

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Is Toyota Still A Good Case Study For Lean?

Toyota is currently the car industry’s “whipping boy” for quality problems and recalls, but it is not the fault of the Toyota Production System (source of the Lean management system).  New information recently reported in the Wall Street Journal (1) confirms what I suspected – that management deviated from Lean principles to focus instead on short-term profits. (more…)

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You Can’t Manage What You Don’t Measure

This well-known phrase is used so often that it has lost its impact, yet it is critical for a sustainable integration practice such as Integration Competency Center. Here is a simple graphic to help make the point:

Sustainable Integration Practice
..which comes from..
Always getting Better, Faster, Cheaper
..which comes from..
Continuous Process Improvements
..which comes from..
Investments
..which comes from..
Quantifiable Measurements (more…)

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The Year of the Integration Competency Center (ICC)

The cover story on the March 8th issue of Computerworld is “Swinging Toward Centralization”. It talks about the pendulum moving toward IT consolidation as organizations strive to save money and improve controls. This article is not alone. A growing number of analysts are talking about consolidation, Lean IT practices, and taking “a production line approach to integration”.  When you combine all this rhetoric with the industry fundamentals, the stage is set for 2010 to The Year of the ICC. (more…)

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Data as an Asset Part 7: The Future – Agile Data-Driven Enterprises

This is the last of the Data as an Asset series and what better way to wrap up the theme than with a view to the future. As stated by Thomas Redman, author of Data Driven, “Your company’s data is a key business asset, and you need to manage it aggressively and professionally.” The future vision then is around Agile Data-Driven Enterprises. (more…)

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The Flip Side Of Data Assets: Data As A Liability

Continuing with the Data as Asset series, in this posting I explore the negative side and what can happen when data becomes a liability. Physical assets such as buildings, equipment, or even money, can become a liability if not managed properly; buildings can become unsafe to work in, machinery can be dangerous to operate, and business investments can turn into money-sinks. Similarly, data and information systems can also be assets that provide economic value to the enterprise or they can be liabilities that destroy value or put the business at risk if not managed well. Here are three common scenarios. (more…)

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Data as an Asset Part 5: Case Study In Managing Data Assets

My last post on this theme A Market-based Approach To Valuing Data, introduced the idea of establishing an internal data economy as a way to value and manage data assets. Here now is a specific scenario for how this could work. I apologize in advance for the length of the posting, so please bear with me. The level of detail is necessary to demonstrate how an internal market can function in a practical manner. (more…)

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Use Lean to Integrate Systems Faster, with Less Cost and Risk

Some executives have told me that 40 to 70 percent of their IT budgets are devoted to integration. These are the same ones that still tackle integration on a project-by-project basis, causing unnecessary expense, waste, risk, and delay. They struggle with integration “hairballs”: complex point-to-point information exchanges that are expensive to maintain, difficult to change, and unpredictable in operation.

The solution is two new services that Informatica announced this week; Integration Factory Implementation and Automated Deployment Framework. These services compliment the Informatica platform and are another outcome of the work that went into creating the Lean Integration book which will be available in book stores soon (visit www.integrationfactory.com if you can’t wait). (more…)

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