Journal: Return on Investment Missing from IT World

Commerce, Commercial Intelligence, InfoOps (IO), IO Sense-Making, Methods & Process
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BI implementations fail because they are sold to the IT departments and not to the business users. The use case and ROI needs to be built with the business users. If that is not done, it results in:

  • high probability of self-ware
  • lack of ROI for the business user
  • a pure IT project not driven by the needs of the business

Phi Beta Iota: For decades we have been railing against the substitution of technology for thinking; the absence of processing power and analytic desk-top tool-kits, and so on.  We have also pointed out that “BI” is nothing more than data mining, that competitive intelligence ignores context, and that only commercial intelligence with a 360 view as well as historical and future forecast aspects will do.  Peter Drucker said in Forbes ASAP on 28 August 1998 that we have spent the past 50 years focused on the T in IT, and need to spend the next 50 focused on the I.  That is what this web site and the Earth Intelligence Network, a 501c3 seeking donors, are focused upon.  The World Brain and Global Game, connecting all minds to all information in all languages all the time, is achievable.   Paul Strassmann was the first to point out in a very credible documented way that the ROI for most IT investments in the Fortune 500 is negative to neutral.  IT is not pulling its weight because IT has no strategy and no intellectual frame of reference, e.g. connecting dots to dots, dots to people, and people to people so as to achieve specified outcomes.

See Also:

Steele Brief to NSA in Vegas 2000

Journal: Systems Design & “Reverse Innovation”

Collaboration Zones, Communities of Practice, Key Players, Policies, Threats
Zuckerman vs Bloomberg
Zuckerman vs Bloomberg

We are fascinated to see Mort Zuckerman bidding against Bloomberg the company for Business Week.  He spoke to OSS ’96 to great effect, and with Paul Strassmann has been one of our most dynamic speakers “jacked in” to the real world with real world bottom-line seriousness.

We admire all parties concerned, along with TIME Magazine and Forbes, and we dare to hope that whoever wins, they might try Systems Design & “Reverse Innovation,” two elements of this week’s Business Week as issued in Europe.

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Military Archives on Public Intelligence (1992-2006)

Military
Archives 1992-2006
Archives 1992-2006

2005

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MilitarySteeleUS Army Conference: E3i: Making the Revolution

2005

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MilitaryUSAArmy Modernization Briefing

2004

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MilitarySimmonsForeword to the Draft SOF OSINT Handbook

2004

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MilitaryWiebesSIGINT in Bosnia

2003

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MilitaryHardeeOSINT in Support of Special Operations

2003

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MilitaryHarrisonOSINT Requirements, Collection, & Production Management

2003

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MilitarySteeleSOUTHCOM: Strategic Threat Assessment

2003

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MilitarySteeleAFCEA Texas: C4I Revolution and National Security

2003?

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MilitarySteeleTo SecDef: Force Structure Trade-Offs and the Real World

2002

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MilitaryHardeeGrowing an Open Source Intelligence Program

2001

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MilitarySteeleAUSA: Intelligence Support to a Transforming Army

2001

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MilitarySteeleAWC: Welcome to the Real World: Force Structure Trade-Offs

2000

CA

MilitaryCoxOSINT at SHAPE…Some Musings

2000

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MilitaryDebatThe Challenge of Informing European Defence Decisions

2000

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MilitaryHughesOpen Sources and Intelligent Solutions

2000

Austria

MilitaryMuellerAustrian Military Intelligence Thoughts on OSINT

2000

UK

MilitaryReganThe UK Ministry of Defence OSINT Program

2000

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MilitaryReynoldsU.S. Transportation Command OSINT

2000

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MilitarySteeleBriefing to NATO/PfP: One World Ready or Not

1999

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MilitaryClarkEAGLE VISION: USAF Initiative for Tactical Receipt of Imagery

1999

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MilitaryConnorsPACOM Additional Slides on VIC

1999

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MilitaryConnorsU.S. Pacific Command’s Virtual Information Center (VIC)

1999

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MilitaryDearthIntelligence in the 21st Century

1999

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MilitaryLeeSummary of Military Map Availabililty for Iran

1999

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MilitaryMyers & MadisonVirtual Information Center Concept Refinement

1999

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MilitaryPrinslow & BondInformation Sharing in Humanitarian Emergencies

1999

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MilitarySteeleOverview of OSINT Issues & OSINT Utility to DoD

1999

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MilitarySteeleSetting the Stage for Information Sharing in the 21st Century: 3 Issues

1999

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MilitarySteeleWhat Do We Need to Know and Where Do We Get It? (Slides)

1999

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MilitarySteeleExpeditionary Environment in the 21st Century

1999

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MilitaryWirtzBridging the Culture Gap: OSINT and the Tet Offensive

1998

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MilitaryBeavers & ShanahanOperationalizing IO in Bosnia-Herzegovina (Book Chapter)

1998

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MilitaryBjoreOpen Sources and Methods for the Military

1998

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MilitaryBjoreOSINT Lessons Learned

1998

UK

MilitaryRathmellAssessing the IW Threat from Sub-State Groups

1998

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MilitarySteeleINFORMATION PEACEKEEPING: Purest Form of War (Outline)

1998

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MilitarySteeleSkeptical Assessment of USN-USMC Based on Real-World OSINT

1998

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MilitarySteeleTAKEDOWN: The Asymmetric Threat to the Nation

1998

UK

MilitaryTyrrellOSINT: The Challenge for NATO

1997

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MilitaryAlgerIATAC: Building a Knowledge Base of Emerging IAT

1997

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MilitaryClarkEAGLE VISION: Tactical Downlink Station for Imagery

1997

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MilitaryClintonManaging Complex Contingency Operations

1997

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MilitaryMolholmDTIC: Building a Virtual Knowledge Warehouse

1997

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MilitaryNecobaThe Marines and OSINT

1997

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MilitaryPedtkeNational Air Intelligence Center Science & Technology OSINT

1997

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MilitarySteeleCINC Brief: The One that Got CINCSOC (Now CSA) to Buy In

1997

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MilitarySteeleCreating a Bare Bones OSINT  Capability (Slides)

1997

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MilitarySteeleCreating a Bare Bones OSINT Unit for DIA

1997

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MilitarySteeleCINCSOC 10 Minute Brief on OSINT

1997

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MilitaryVeselyStriking A Balance: National, Operational, & Tactical Acquisition

1996

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MilitarySmithDefense Mapping Agency and the Commercial Sector

1996

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MilitarySteeleOpen Source Intelligence Handbook, Chapter 5, OSINT and Military

1996

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MilitarySteeleDIA/JMITC: National Knowledge Strategy & Revolution in Intelligence

1996

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MilitarySteinMapping, Charting, and Geodetic Needs for Remote Sensing Data

1995

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MilitaryBjoreSix Years of Open Source Information (OSI): Lessons Learned

1995

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MilitaryDandarArmy Intelligence XXI, Open Source Status Report

1995

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MilitaryDandarOSIF Exploitation for Army Intelligence XXI: Summary

1995

UK

MilitaryGarfieldUpdate on the UK MoD OSINT Programme (Slides)

1995

UK

MilitaryGarfieldUpdate on the UK MoD OSINT Programme (Text)

1995

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MilitaryRicardeliOSINT in Support of Haiti Invasion (Slides)

1995

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MilitaryRicardeliOSINT in Support of Haiti Invasion (Text)

1995

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MilitarySteeleThe Military Perspective on Information Warfare: Apocalypse Now

1995

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MilitarySteeleAWC: Open Source Intelligence for the Military

1994

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MilitaryBrooks & McKeeyerSplit-Based Ops in DESERT STORM: Glimpse of the Future Digital Army

1994

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MilitaryMunroINFORMATION WARFARE: Snake Eaters Meet Net-Heads

1994

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MilitaryPedtkeNAIC & The Intelligence Community Open Source Architecture

1994

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MilitarySteeleDIA/JMITC: NS via the Reinvention of National & Defense Intelligence

1992

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MilitaryCliftMilitary OSINT Requirements, Capabilities, and Contracting Directions

1992

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MilitaryPedtke et alNAIC S&T Open Source Intelligence Requirements & Capabilities

1992

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MilitaryPetersenNew Roles for the U.S. Military

1992

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MilitarySchwartauIntroduction to Information Warfare

1992

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MilitarySteeleIntelligence Lessons Learned from Recent Expeditionary Operations

1992

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MilitarySteeleComments Prepared for Future War Roundtable

1992

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MilitaryStrassmannForcing Innovation, Cutting Costs, and Increasing Defense Productivity

1991

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MilitarySteeleDefense Intelligence Productivity in the 1990’s

1990

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MilitaryUSMC & SteeleExpeditionary Environment Research & Analysis Model

1990

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MilitaryUSMC & SteeleExpeditionary Mission Area Factors Summaries

Review: Business Value of Computers

5 Star, Best Practices in Management, Information Operations, Information Technology

Amazon Page
Amazon Page

5.0 out of 5 stars Knowledge Capital and Calculating Shareholder Value,

May 29, 2000
Paul Strassmann
This is the definitive book on “knowledge capital” (his trademarked term) and how to calculate shareholder value in the New Economy. In general, one should buy this book to be persuaded of Paul’s brilliance, and then hire him to implement the ideas as a strategic consultant. Not for the weak-minded CEO or CIO, as it impales most corporate oxes and concludes that in general, there has been either a negative return on investment, or no discernible contribution to corporate profit, from steadily increasing information technology budgets.
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Review: Information Productivity–Assessing Information Management Costs of U. S. Corporations

5 Star, Best Practices in Management, Information Operations, Information Technology

Amazon Page
Amazon Page

5.0 out of 5 stars Report Card for CIOs: D- InfoTech is NOT Profit-Maker,

April 8, 2000
Paul A. Strassmann
Paul documents the fact that “a very large share of U.S. industrial firms are not productive in terms that apply to the information age.” He evaluates and ranks 1,586 firms, and the results are both surprising and valuable.
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Review: Information Payoff–The Transformation of Work in the Electronic Age

5 Star, Best Practices in Management, Change & Innovation, Complexity & Resilience, Information Operations, Information Society, Information Technology

Amazon Page
Amazon Page

5.0 out of 5 stars One of Five “Must Read” Books on Information Age,

April 7, 2000
Paul A. Strassmann
Paul, former Chief Information Officer for Xerox and later Director of Defense Information, used this book to address the basic issues of employee productivity in relation to information technology. This is one of a very few books, including those by Carkhuff, Cleveland, Kelly, and Toffler, that I regard as fundamental-required reading for anyone with any authority over anything.
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