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What are some of the clearest and fastest ways to cut costs moving into 2010? In conversations with customers of testing service providers this month and last, we've noticed organizations focusing on creating and enforcing strict quality governance approaches increasingly. Our research indicates that those who have done so are able to cut testing costs from as much as 35-40% to as little as 9% of pre-production development costs.


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At a time when resource prioritization for IT can be a matter of survival, life is not getting any easier in the politically charged environments of corporate Program Management Offices (PMOs) and Enterprise Program Management Offices (EPMOs). These organizations – when well run – help to create effective criteria for resource and project portfolio decision-making. At their best, PMOs enable collaboration across disparate business units, IT and executive decision-makers and can help to promote e


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IDC is wrapping up its annual Top 10 Predictions process for 2010, and the storage team just issued its findings in both a study and a Webcast.  If you're interested in learning more about our predictions, please head to the above referenced sites. I want to spend a little time discussing an interesting theme that emerged as we developed these predictions in October and November. We had the opportunity to chat with a number of CIOs and VPs of IT at several conferences and events put on by sto


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As I consider our move into the next year, a variety of disruptive trends set the stage for a challenging beginning to 2010 for IT departments and their business stakeholders. In the wake of staff downsizing for quality, development and change management teams over the past 12-15 months, companies are experiencing the consequences of poorer management of software projects. It simply isn’t possible to do that much “more” with “less” people, fewer resources, and increased busines


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OK, I will admit it – I am endlessly fascinated by how organizations select, fund and manage major capital projects; that’s because, at their very core, these big projects embody an organization’s attempt to change, evolve and thrive in response to market conditions. In another age, we would say that this is how the organization is choosing to invest its seed-corn – one of its most precious assets put up against its most important threats/opportunities.


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Over the past week, the New York Times published a series of  articles on the growing importance of digital information in industries ranging from retail to health care to media/entertainment. I took some time over the holiday season to think about all the ways that companies rely on an expanding set of applications to compete in this difficult and rapidly changing business environment.  They are:



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