Video | Business Headlines | Internet | Science | Scientific Ethics | Technology | Search

 


Desire for 'all-in-one' functionality behind IT failures

New Release
3 January 2014
Designertech Ltd

Desire for 'all-in-one' functionality may be reason behind many IT failures

As information technology solutions become increasingly Swiss Army Knife and apparently multi-purpose in nature, New Zealand companies are being cautioned that ‘feature cool’ does not necessarily mean efficient.

Companies planning to implement a new technology system or software in the 2014 are advised to clearly identify the features that will actually be used and to keep it as simple as possible.

Chief Executive of New Zealand IT consulting and software development company Designertech, Ray Delany, said today that by limiting complexity to what is absolutely necessary and no more, results are often far better than cumbersome systems which promise to ‘do it all’.

“Increasingly we note that at an enterprise level there is a desire to implement every possible feature, which can then result in scope creep that adds unnecessary complexity and creates systems that are unwieldy to implement and unnecessarily difficult to operate.

“IT is complicated enough as it is. But when new projects are mooted, there is often that human desire to make a mark and, in so doing, to disregard the plentiful lessons of the past.
“We all want to be involved in exciting, transformational projects to make a real difference, but that can result in blindness to well-documented failures of years gone and the lessons these dished out,” he said.

Delany notes that it remains a fact that in software, up to 80% of features built into any given product will be used infrequently or, worse, not at all.

“Anecdotally, we also know that people in general have no idea how to work a computer. Move one small item on a screen and pandemonium ensues.”

The recent introduction of Windows 8 is a case in point: the vanished ‘Start’ button is arguably one of the big tech news stories of 2013.

“The point is that when developing a new system, the ‘everyday’ features are the ones that should get most of the attention.”

While the many facets of IT combine into what can be seen by businesspeople as a transformational resource that can take care of everything, Delany says the rub is translating great ideas into functional systems.

“In most projects, and certainly the ambitious ones, nobody achieves quite as much as they hoped they would. Almost always, most bang-for-buck comes through focusing on the things that really do deliver a benefit. And once it is working, you want to be circumspect about changes you make. Keep it simple where possible,” he said.

Ends/…


ABOUT DESIGNERTECH

Designertech is an innovative and successful IT support, product development and consulting company with specific emphasis on business outcomes based on strong relationships between people, technology and systems in order to provide tailored solutions that meet the unique needs of clients.

Through its core philosophy of finding ways for people and machines to work better together, Designertech has enjoyed excellent results with success stories, such as the MailMarshall Internet security product and also productive relationships with iconic New Zealand success stories such as Mainfreight, Plunket and Tegel.

http://www.designertech.co.nz/

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Power Outages, Roads Close: Easter Storm Moving Down Country

The NZ Transport Agency says storm conditions at the start of the Easter break are making driving hazardous in Auckland and Northland and it advises people extreme care is needed on the regions’ state highways and roads... More>>

ALSO:

Houses (& Tobacco) Lead Inflation: CPI Up 0.3% In March Quarter

The consumers price index (CPI) rose 0.3 percent in the March 2014 quarter, Statistics New Zealand said today. Higher tobacco and housing prices were partly countered by seasonally cheaper international air fares, vegetables, and package holidays. More>>

ALSO:

Notoriously Reliable Predictions: Budget To Show Rise In Full-Time Income To 2018: English

This year’s Budget will forecast wage increases through to 2018 amounting to a $10,500 a year increase in average full time earnings over six years to $62,200 a year, says Finance Minister Bill English in a speech urging voters not to “put all of this at risk” by changing the government. More>>

ALSO:

Prices Up, Volume Down: March NZ House Sales Drop 10% As Loan Curbs Bite

New Zealand house sales dropped 10 percent in March from a year earlier as the Reserve Bank’s restrictions on low-equity mortgages continue to weigh on sales of cheaper property. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: Chorus To Appeal Copper Pricing Judgment

Chorus will appeal a High Court ruling upholding the Commerce Commission’s determination setting the regulated prices on the telecommunications network operator’s copper lines. More>>

ALSO:

Earlier:

Cars: Precautionary Recalls Announced For Toyota Vehicles

Toyota advises that a number of its New Zealand vehicles are affected by a series of precautionary global recalls. Toyota New Zealand General Manager Customer Services Spencer Morris stressed that the recalls are precautionary. More>>

ALSO:

'Gardening Club': Air Freight Cartel Nets Almost $12 Million In Penalties

The High Court in Auckland has today ordered Swiss company Kuehne + Nagel International AG to pay a penalty of $3.1 million plus costs for breaches of the Commerce Act. Kuehne + Nagel’s penalty brings the total penalties ordered in this case to $11.95 million ... More>>

ALSO:

Crown Accounts: Revenue Below Projections

Core Crown tax revenue has increased by $1.9 billion (or 5.0%) compared to the same time last year. However this was $1.1 billion less than expected and is reflected across most tax types, continuing the pattern of recent months. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
Computer Power Plus
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sci-Tech
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news