Strategy is one of the most abused concepts in business. You can call any plan a strategy and that’s how many business managers use the word. But, a good strategy balances the strategic management body of knowledge with practical considerations. The “Good Strategy Blog" is focused on “good strategic thinking.”
In 1987, John Zachman, an IBM researcher, was tasked with investigating why IT system development projects’ success (i.e., cost, schedule, quality) rate across all industries was a dismal 16%. He reached the conclusion that project stakeholders had different “perspectives” (i.e., concerns, viewpoints) of the system which often led to “business-IT” misalignment. He offered a solution, “Information Systems Architecture,” which aimed to create a set of viewpoints or pictures of the business from both an interrogative dimension (i.e., who, what, when, etc…) as well as a stakeholder perspective (i.e., business strategist, engineer, etc…). In the early 1990s, he appended his original work with additional viewpoints, coined the term Enterprise Architecture, and published the Zachman Framework. This framework is a taxonomy (i.e., catalog, ontology) of business and technology architectures that aims to define a “blueprint” of the business (i.e., enterprise). Each of the (36) cells in the framework is primitive and thus, each can be described or modeled independently. Taken together, these viewpoints provide a complete understanding of an organization – i.e., Enterprise Architecture. The "Enterprise Architecture Blog" is dedicated to helping to explain and promote this important, yet often misunderstood, management discipline.
In money management circles, alpha is a risk-adjusted measure of the so-called active return on an investment. It is the return in excess of the compensation for the risk borne, and thus commonly used to assess active managers' performances. In some sense, it refers to investments that make money independent of the general markets. The "Generating Alpha Blog" presents a mix of economic trends, business conditions, financial analysis and other related topics to help identify ways in which to generate alpha.
Information technology continues to be a game changer for those businesses that can weave it into the fabric of their strategy and execution platform. The "Information Technology Blog" pinpoints how business executives can build next generation business capabilities using information technology.