Rootbound: Digging Up IT Inefficiencies

The first time we were asked to map the Information Technology (IT) infrastructure of a large financial institution, the picture we drew could have been titled “Rootbound.” On the surface, the technology appeared to be getting the job done. Beneath the surface, it was a tangled mat of dependencies, disconnects, redundancies, inefficiencies and unknowns that would, if Read More

By |2020-05-27T18:01:31-05:00June 28th, 2011|Comments Off on Rootbound: Digging Up IT Inefficiencies

Crucial IT Checkpoints in M&A

When mergers fail, as often as not, somewhere in the blame line will be a technology issue undiscovered or neglected in the pre-transaction dealing. By knowing when to add well-timed Information Technology (IT) checkpoints to their process, acquirers can avoid unpleasant surprises later. The M&A process often shines a bright light on the different perspectives of finance Read More

By |2020-05-27T18:01:32-05:00May 4th, 2011|Comments Off on Crucial IT Checkpoints in M&A

Allocating IT Costs: Can Simpler Be Better?

Occam’s Razor: Assumptions introduced to explain that a thing must not be multiplied beyond necessity. (Sometimes construed as, “The right answer is usually the simplest answer.”) It is a growing headache for the conscientious chief information officer (CIO) – how to fairly allocate Information Technology (IT) costs across the lines of business. Today, when the business lines Read More

By |2020-05-27T18:01:32-05:00April 12th, 2011|Comments Off on Allocating IT Costs: Can Simpler Be Better?