Tag Archives: complexity

Take Every Opportunity to Document

by | February 26, 2013

I am always surprised (and I really shouldn’t be) that we do a great job of responding to critical incidents but almost always fail to document what we did so it can be referenced in the future. As IT leaders we need to proactively document the impacts of planned and unplanned changes.  Whethere it is… Read more »

Knowing What You Have Supports Planning

by | February 22, 2013

Enterprise Architects all over the world build guiding principles to support their practices and planning. We built one in 2005 and it still holds true today. “Reuse before Acquire, Acquire before Create, Create Reusable Components” The big problem with this is that it is all “Motherhood and Apple Pie” unless you do the hard work… Read more »

Technology Vendor Selection – Best of Breed or Suite Based

by | October 19, 2012

I asked our teams in the IT Department at the American University of Sharjah to put together a short presentation to help me get to know the team members, to understand what their operational and project responsibilities and our technology vendors. In some cases, the teams worked on an integrated platform (suite) with the majority… Read more »

Social in the Enterprise

by | January 29, 2012

JP Ranganswami posted an article that resonated with the work I am doing on my MSc as well as some thinking about social enterprise in my day job.  Please take the time to read JP’s post Thinking about the Social Enterprise and Flow, it will definitely stimulate and challenge your thinking about how people and… Read more »

Business Analytics Anyone?

by | January 11, 2012

Today, I participated in a focus group to help start up the BCIT School of Business Business Analytics Centre of Excellence.  The room was full of Business Intelligence/Analytics/Insight leaders from around Vancouver.  We were brought together by Ed Bosman and Karen Plesner both instructors in the BCIT School of Business.  Karen facilitated a two hour discussion… Read more »

An Evolution for My Eyes Triggers Some Thoughts

by | February 24, 2010

On Friday February 19, 2010, I underwent laser eye surgery (Intralase Sub-Bowman’s Keratomileusis) to correct my short sightedness. I have worn glasses since I was 6 years old and contact lenses since I was 16. Over the past 15 years, I developed an allergic reaction to the protein buildup on the contact lenses and had… Read more »

IT Complexity Exploration

by | November 6, 2009

I had a great phone call with Roger Sessions (@RSessions), CTO ObjectWatch a month ago about IT Complexity.  Over the past few weeks, I got a chance to read about Roger’s approach Simple Iterative Partitions (SIP) in a series of white papers: Controlling Complexity in Enterprise Architectures – Executive Summary Controlling Complexity in Enterprise Archtiectures… Read more »

Microsoft’s “New Efficiency” Campaign for Windows 7

by | October 29, 2009

I attended a half day seminar offered to IT leaders in Vancouver today by Microsoft Canada. Essentially, this was the launch of Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2 and Exchange Server 2010 to the Vancouver market. There were about 100 people in attendance. Here is my Twitter stream from the session today … http://twitter.com/#search?q=leodesousa msft… Read more »

Using ITG and EA to Manage IT Complexity

by | October 22, 2009

Reading Roger Sessions (@RSessions) work on IT Complexity reminded me of a set of slides we created to articulate the value of IT Governance and Enterprise Architecture. We (my colleague Dave Cresswell and I) used a simplified model to articulate why we needed to build our Enterprise Architecture practice.  The central premise of the argument… Read more »