How can cloud computing help transformation projects?

I commented on a LinkedIn post re: cloud and “innovative” financing models. My take was that:

I’m wary of getting too close to full capacity on any potential constraint, as it means we can’t respond quickly enough to a potential business requirement. Zero slack often becomes a rationalization for a zero change or “we can’t do that” mindset.

Also, per David Kerr [a fellow commenter], the idea that the cloud will solve “speed bumps” driven by topics external to the project is dubious. If nothing else, you have to have this specific contingency in place during the project contract discussions. You’ll then have to navigate the flood of change orders that will cascade from invoking that contingency mid-project.

Krigsman’s 2012 trends: three quick takes

The always valuable Michael Krigsman (@mkrigsman, IT failures blog here) weighs in with a 2012 prediction: that rapid implementation will get more sustained focus.  I believe that there has been considerable progress over the years in improving both ERP implementations and ERP sustainability (see here for a bit of the bad old days).  However, there’s room for further improvement, especially in achieving consistent success.  Here’s my quick take on the three initiatives Michael highlighted:

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