As Optimation celebrates 25 years in business, it has been incredibly rewarding for me to reflect back on my own experience founding the company and seeing it flourish and grow. Since we opened our doors in a tiny office in Wellington back in 1992, the IT industry and the wider economy have seen plenty of ups and downs. But for a tech business 25 years is an ice-age, so we are pretty proud to be here today.
Rear Admiral Adam Grunsell from the Royal Australian Navy was one of the keynote speakers at AMPEAK, the Asset Management Council's annual conference held this week in Adelaide, Australia. In this interview on the conference website, he discussed how the principles of good asset management are applied in a complex, large-scale context like defense. He also talked about the Interdependent Mission Management System (IMMS), developed with the help of Optimation’s Enterprise Awareness and Information Management consulting capabilities and using the ThoughtWeb platform.
With resources tight and specialist expertise at a premium, most organisations need to engage external parties at some point to deliver specific outcomes. But we all know how common it is for IT projects to fall short of expectations or to fail altogether, and things can get very messy when multiple parties are involved. I recently attended an ISACA seminar where Hamish White, an experienced Managing Consultant and Senior Program Manager, shared some practical steps you can take in dealing with technology partners to ensure successful project outcomes.
I was lucky enough to attend Taxonomy Bootcamp in Washington DC in November of this year. Taxonomy Bootcamp is an annual conference for around 200 taxonomists and Information Architects. It was great to be around people who thought what I do for a job is normal!
At the recent Wellington Analytics Forum I had the pleasure of making some opening remarks on behalf of Optimation as the event sponsor. The topic was Analytics in Government and featured James Mansell as the keynote speaker. If you're not familiar with James, you can get an insight into his approach by taking a look at this rather excellent piece of work for the Productivity Commission.
By now, we’re all familiar with the argument that by identifying non-essential services like software development and support, you can make your first steps towards outsourcing IT solutions and IT services. By outsourcing your IT services you can look to reduce costs and improve efficiencies.
When companies first started talking about the cloud revolution and the third platform, the conversation changed from 'technology enabling transformation' to 'technology driving transformation'. But who is right? Do you start with a strategy or with a technology?
IT solutions come in all shapes and sizes but when you mention ‘folderless content management system’ you’re going to send shivers up a few spines. The familiar structure of folder based storage and navigation mimics the trusty paper based storage systems of years gone past. But we can’t ignore the catchcry of ‘I can never find where my colleagues have saved things’, ‘There is so much junk saved in my team’s folders’, ‘I save things locally because the folder structure is out of date’.
Enterprise Content Management as a Service is growing in popularity with decision makers, as they seek to increase efficiencies and focus on core business. In New Zealand, for example, the Government has just embarked on a programme to deliver Enterprise Content Management as a service across multiple public sector agencies. But what does ECM as a service really mean? What are the pros and cons and what can you expect? Here, I translate the jargon into plain English, and answer the top questions I get asked by IM managers and business decision makers. Then, I provide my top tips for ensuring your ECM as a service implementation delivers what the business needs.