As usual, I'm behind in my reading. Helge Scheil posted this opinion piece to CIO magazine in February, specifically referencing the moniker "ERP4IT." While I always appreciate the publicity, want to make a couple clarifications:
- Not surprising that no vendor has adopted "ERP4IT," as I own the domain name... I consider it a personal brand & probably so do others. (Note that I am not talking about the term "ERP for IT.") I do know that all of the Big Four, in high level management presentations, will claim things like "we are building an ERP solution for your IT capability."
- As far as the ERP baggage goes, see this post - I use the term as a stimulus, a provocation. Reality is that we need a federated architecture, looking something like this. We're not going to do architecture modeling, demand management, source code control, and incident management on a common platform... and yes, we do need SOA functionality (including master data management) on all those systems so they can interoperate.
That said, I think that CA is as well placed as any of its rivals to move forward here; they've made some good progress lately.
Harvard Business Review July-August 2008: "Investing in the IT That Makes a Competitive Difference" by McAfee & Brynjolfsson, is an interesting read, showing that turbulence and performance spread are much greater in high-IT industries, and containing a variety of interesting nuggest & case studies. Good discussion of IT governance and centralized vs. decentralized models. .
Probably my first exposure to the concept of a "professional journal" was M*A*S*H; medical journals figured in a number of the episodes. I remember in particular Hawkeye berating Frank Burns for not keeping up in his reading.
So, I have a pile here on my desk and some time off - let's see what I've been missing. The backlog is big, so I can only review the TOCs in detail for anything that might be relevant. My current interest is in anything resembling ITSM operations research.