Maximize Value from CMDB by Integration

In part 4 of “Memoirs of an Enterprise Architect” I discussed the rules around defining an application as well as the 6 keys to successful Application Portfolio Management.  In Part 5, I will discuss integrating with a Configuration Management Database (CMDB). Feed the Beast If you have a CMDB I’m certain your organization is not…

6 Keys to Success for Application Portfolio Management

In the third part of “Memoirs of an Enterprise Architect” I discussed how to save millions by rationalizing all of the reporting efforts going on in your organization.  In Part 4 I will go into detail about Application Portfolio Management and will answer a question that may sound quite ridiculous after reading it the first…

K.I.S.S. IT Asset Management

A while back, a new topic began in a group on LinkedIn specific to the development of an IT Asset Management Maturity model.  There was quite a bit of discussion around members that wanted to participate, but an IT Asset Management (ITAM) Maturity model was, to the best of my knowledge, never established. In Search…

How to Save MILLIONS with Report Rationalization

In the second part of “Memoirs of an Enterprise Architect” I discussed how to manage software in your organization.  Part 3 requires you to think outside the box and get creative around report rationalization. Want to know how I saved my last company 43 million dollars over 2 years with some Troux creative thinking?  The secret…

Technology Standards & Troux: 3 Things You Need To Know

In the first part of “Memoirs of an Enterprise Architect” I discussed the importance of Enterprise Architecture (EA). Part 2 of this epic saga continues with the introduction of a technology standards catalog. Are you struggling with how to manage all of the software within your organization or are not sure where to begin? Introduce Technology Standards…

Implementing Enterprise Architecture: A trail of blood, sweat and tears.

This is the first in a series of blog posts by Corey Balko on his memoirs implementing Enterprise Architecture (EA).  What do you think of when you hear the words Enterprise Architecture or EA?  If you think of bureaucracy or the gaming company Electronic Arts, then you couldn’t be further from the truth. Enterprise Architecture…

ITIL Maturity – What’s Holding You Back?

Is ITIL adoption helping or hurting business? Is ITIL paralyzing organizations?  Organizations have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on ITIL initiatives in the last ten years.  However, Gartner’s Infrastructure and Operations (I&O) maturity model shows stagnant growth in an already abysmally low operational maturity. Why do you suppose that is?  Is ITIL the problem,…

Why I Am Quitting Traditional IT Management Consulting

Traditional IT Management Consulting uses fear, doubt and powerful relationships to sell business leaders promises of game changing outcomes. They make the simple complex, extremely expensive and then get paid to simplify it again. Too many times getting paid to waste time and money to point the finger at their competitor, the IT department. How is this helping anyone? This is…