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Ramblings about the functions that organisations perform

Are You On Their Payroll?

If I asked you to name a software supplier used by six hundred employers on the island you’d probably reply “Microsoft”. If I asked you for another you would probably struggle. Oracle? Their software is largely used by much bigger companies than those on the IoM. Canonical? Probably not. Sage? Hmmm, maybe. DPN? Who?

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e-Commerce 4 U ?

The Isle of Man economy is in the back of the Postman’s van. Yes, seriously, we are shopping more and more online for books, clothes, gadgets, toys, even frozen foods, the catalogue of retail goods arriving on the island from the UK by post or courier is constantly growing.

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Some Project Management Tips

A little while back I was chatting with a director of a large business who bemoaned the record of the business in delivering projects successfully - on time, within budget etc. It became obvious that the business's project managers were not very experienced, and if they were going 'by the book' they were probably bound to fail. The reality of projects is that whilst a good project management training course can teach you the rules and processes for a particular project management method (such as PRINCE2), no training course can teach you how to make a project actually work, because project management methods are about process and governance, not people and outcomes.

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Field Service

Ever played Chess? Any good at it? All you have to do is move 16 pieces step by step around a board of 64 locations to meet your objectives. Easy! The objectives keep changing as the other side moves their pieces around as well, but still, how difficult can it be?

I have a portable Chess computer, I sometimes take it with me when I'm working away on assignments, to while away the evening hours in whichever hotel is temporarily home. With practice I am a moderate player, but I don't play sufficiently frequently to become better than moderate. Most people would agree that Chess is a difficult game, and that a computer can play it much better than they can.

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