Articles By Bruce Stewart

‘Hi, I’m from IT…’

In far too many organizations, walking into a meeting where no one knows you and saying "Hi, I'm from IT..." doesn't exactly make friends. Oh, if something's broken, and you're there to fix

Published on: April 3rd, 2014 Bruce Stewart

Can you split IT spending evenly between maintenace and new gear?

Ten years ago, there was a strong longitudinal study performed of IT spending. This wasn't the typical "how much is this industry spending" type: it looked under the covers of IT spending, large

Published on: March 31st, 2014 Bruce Stewart

How to engage with real enterprise architecture

Most IT organizations of any size now have enterprise architecture teams. Yet in the eyes of the business, enterprise architects are viewed by business people much as a plague of locusts is viewed

Published on: March 20th, 2014 Bruce Stewart

How to virtualize your software portfolio

Can you imagine a world where "in production" is just the breath you take between changes (unlike today, where change is an event that disturbs production)? That's where we're headed, and faster than

Published on: February 6th, 2014 Bruce Stewart

CIO agenda 2014: Overcoming your debt problem

Is your enterprise carrying a whopping pile of debt thanks to your previous IT decisions? Most executives I meet can't answer that question. They might look to see how much depreciation they're carrying

Published on: January 30th, 2014 Bruce Stewart

CIO agenda for 2014: It’s all about the customer

If it's not already right on top of your agenda as chief information officer, it should be: Your enterprise's customers should be front and centre. Not your infrastructure and maintenance woes. Not your

Published on: January 22nd, 2014 Bruce Stewart

Time to broaden how IT professionals’ performance is evaluated

It's mid-January, and for many of us it's annual performance evaluation time. While this year's evaluations are probably set in stone — it would be unfair to rip up the current system right

Published on: January 16th, 2014 Bruce Stewart

Time to ask what IT’s purpose is in your organization

It's too easy for all of us to get lost in the latest announcements of new services, new products, and new "starts" on architecture (from single machines through client/server to clouds and an

Published on: January 8th, 2014 Bruce Stewart

Building much better systems (to gain enterprise agility)

IT people have been talking about agility for two decades now. How to create what the enterprise needs faster is fine. (How that fits with "the answer is someone else's software, learn to

Published on: December 20th, 2013 Bruce Stewart

How long do you have to recover after a disaster?

The typical Canadian enterprise is certain it has recovery of the business in the event of a disaster well in hand. Few of them have ever worked out exactly how much time to

Published on: December 11th, 2013 Bruce Stewart