In which Jill bemoans the constant hat-in-hand dance that is BI funding, and yearns for Christmas, when gifts were more plentiful (whatever they were).
The Christmas and New Years holidays have become a faint memory. I know this to be true because:
1: The other day my boyfriend challenged me to tell him what he got me for Christmas and I couldnâ€™t recall the gift. Or gifts. Whatever. All I know that if one had been a new car or a yellow-sapphire eternity band, I would have remembered, for sure.
2: I recently ate the vast majority of a sky-high pastrami and chopped liver sandwich (with coleslaw on rye) at a New York deli which I wonâ€™t name for the same reason I wonâ€™t offer you a cigarette or give you a lift on my dirt bike. I would have never done this in January. At this rate I should be able to polish off their cabbage rollsâ€”which are the size of your forearmâ€”by September, along with some mashed potatoes and a kishka. Stay tuned.
3: Things I didnâ€™t plant or think to plant are popping up out of the ground in my garden, and the amaryllis that usually mock me have burst forth with an enthusiasm I havenâ€™t seen since, well, Christmas.
4: My clients are already discussing their IT budgets for next year. Seems weâ€™d just endured similar conversations a mere few months ago, but itâ€™s already time to don our spreadsheets and slog through the mucky metrics that will ultimately drive enabling technologies and business intelligence programs. We routinely help clients in these exercises, asking the question, â€śWhat KPIs does that tie back to?â€ť so often that on a good day with the right people we can elucidate strategy. Our BI and MDM sponsors get the added bonus of silent gratitude from executives weary of seeingâ€śEnable Web 2.0â€ť yet again on an IT priority list.
Indeed some companies spend more time justifying items in their budgets than they do executing on them once they get their funding. Show me someone whoâ€™s talking about next yearâ€™s budget when their fiscal year is the calendar year and Iâ€™ll show you someone whose current project might be falling behind. Some corporate cultures force IT managers to â€śgo to the troughâ€ť so often that it instills a culture of vision-and-revision.
Which, not to put too fine a point on it, is the opposite of execution. Speaking of which: Get back to work! Or at least go have a sandwich.
Posted April 30, 2007 3:34 PM
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