Daily Archives: May 14, 2010

Cost Savings Initiative tools

In today’s tight economy, the IT organization should be shining like a bright star. Your IT organization is the only organization in the company that can positively affect the productivity or cost of all organizations in your company.

IT has true leverage if you decide to use it, , , and in tough times, senior management needs your help.

In 1991, our company was preparing to take the company public. To do so we needed to be able to show consistent growth and profitability. We ultimately achieved this objective with a highly successful public offering in 1992 because we implemented an aggressive cost savings initiative throughout our company. Without it, our 3rd and 4th quarters of 1991 would have been poor and destroyed our chances of a successful public stock offering.

Download the Cost Savings Initiative below and take a look at the 20 Minute IT Manager that discusses this topic. Get aggressive with cost savings and you can make a difference for your company, , , and IT will shine like the bright star it is.

CLICK HERE to access the 20 Minute IT Manager session

CLICK HERE to download the Cost Saving spreadsheet tool

VISA Success – yahoo, , , going to Nigeria

The trip to the Atlanta Consulate of Nigeria on Thursday paid off. We received our Business VISA just as requested in short order, , , and just in time — my flight is on Saturday. It was a 4-hour drive to Atlanta each way, but worth it in the end.

To obtain this Business VISA was a massive effort mostly due to the fact we could not reach anyone or even leave messages, send faxes or send e-mail to the Consulate in New York. The Atlanta office was much more responsive and reasonable to work with.

If you see headlines about an American being detained in Nigeria, it may be me, , , hopefully I have not ticked anyone off to be flagged upon my arrival for pushing so hard to get this done.

I’m looking forward to seeing my friends at Digital Jewels – Adedoyin, Ayo, Funmi, and others, , , maybe even some of my former students – we have had over 60 Nigerian managers attend the program in various locations – Johannesburg, Dubai, and Abuja, , , even many to attend in Nashville, Tennessee.

Oh yeah, I should make a note about Nigerian people. I have worked with many over the years and found them to be one of the happiest, fun-loving people in the world. They have big challenges in their country, but they overcome adversity and rise above it with a spirit like no other in the world. I truly love working with Nigerian managers and enjoy their strong desire to become stronger managers and to do good things for their companies and for themselves.

Look for my posts while visiting Lagos, Nigeria.