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Building a Business Case in the Cloud

(By Mike Raftery) Despite the buzzwords, vaporware and hype, the cloud is real and it is happening. The remote hosting of applications like SAP’s IBP solution is quickly becoming accepted as a standard infrastructure alternative for projects in IT departments everywhere. For those of

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The ROI of Growing Up

(By Mike Raftery) IT project investment is a strange animal. The total payback may not always be apparent since the impact of the investment is not as black and white as say, a new production line or some new R&D project. The benefits however,

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What I’m Thankful For… SAP Edition

(By Mike Raftery) Yes, I know, Thanksgiving is next week. But I wanted to kick off the season and beat everyone else to the punch (look forward to next week’s Black Friday special edition). Sure, everyone loves to hate the faceless corporate giant that

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The Long Term Impact of the Quick Fix

(By Mike Raftery) In the waning days of an IT project, there are times when rules go out the window. Desperate situations, short timelines and red status reports can lead to a very tempting scenario to implement a quick fix.   Just like a Big

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Stay Uncomfortable, My Friends

(By Mike Raftery) Last week, I spent a day out of my comfort zone. To be honest, I wasn’t really looking forward to it. My project was just starting a critical phase, and taking a day off in the middle of a week to

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