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By SuperUser Account on 1/26/2011 9:54 AM

By Richard A. Bilancia, PartnerPoint Contributing Writer

Want to get real value for your information technology investments? Then forget about perfection and focus on the key and significant. If you can learn to focus on the right things to do, the returns on IT investment can be enormous. All that it takes is the application of Pareto's Law, also known as the 80/20 rule. 
 
An enormous amount has been written over the last several years about information technology investments and their ROI. The observations made and guidance given in many of these articles is correct and solid. However, all too many technology initiatives focus on perfection (i.e., getting absolutely everything done perfectly). The scope of many of these technology initiatives is simply too broad. The small significant achievements get lost while efforts continue to standardize absolutely everything within the original project scope; or, worse yet, an even greater scope. It’s become so common that a phrase exists for the phenomenon: “scope creep.”
In most information technology projects, broader scope and greater levels of effort add little, if any, extra value; they frequently simply add extra cost. However, applying some 100 year-old basics formulated by Vilfredo Pareto can make a substantial difference.
 
Vilfredo Pareto
 
Vilfredo Pareto (1848-1923) was an Italian economist and political sociologist. As part of his life-long research, he formulated, “The law of the trivial many and the critical few.” This law has become commonly known as the “80/20 rule.” His law can be restated to apply to information technology initiatives: “In any system implementation, 80% of the potential value of that implementation can be achieved from just 20% of the total effort or cost.” One can spend the remaining 80% of effort (or cost) for relatively little return. 
 
Table 1 below summarizes this.
 
Cost Value
100% 100%
20% 80%
 
 
Please note that once the initial 80% value has been achieved, to achieve the final 20% of value requires spending five times more than was spent for the initial increment.
 

 

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Jack Frost Design 
Office Location:  San Ramon, California, United States
Type:  ISV,Training Firm,VAR,Other
Industry Focus:  Jack Frost Design is all about business and not necessarily about a specific industry. After 40+ years in business JFD has touched corporations, medium size businesses and some small business entities. No matter what industry you are in delivering a successful business initiative requires a strong command of four key business skills:•Business Operations: a solid understanding of workflow process and ROI (return on investment).•Marketing: the ability to identify and reach a target market with an effectively motivating message.•Technology: the technical skills to harness the most effective technologies for business process automation.•Branding: the ability to encapsulate all of the above factors within a unified vision that resonates with the target customer and builds loyalty.Because it only takes weakness in one of these areas to undermine what would have otherwise been a successful enterprise, Jack Frost Design has taken the unusual step of including each of these areas of expertise in a single company. It a unique approach. It has been successful for 40+ years.


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Avastone Technologies LLC 
Office Location:  Little Chute, Wisconsin, United States
Type:  VAR
Industry Focus:  Avastone Technologies, LLC has provided quality services to a vast array of industries, including: distribution, retail, service, government, not-for-profit, equipment sales and service, manufacturing, casinos, and job shop. We have industry-specific solutions for any industry.


Avastone Technologies, LLC is a Microsoft Gold Partner devoted to clients with the Microsoft Dynamics GP, CRM, and SharePoint solution. With offices located in the Fox Cities, Milwaukee, and Chicago-land area, Avastone services clients through the Midwest. We have been representing Microsoft Dynamics for over 20 years... longer than anyone in the state of Wisconsin.

 

 

MIS Technologist Corporation 
Office Location:  Hallandale Beach, Florida, United States
Type:  ISV,Systems Integrator,Reseller,Training Firm,System Builder,VAR
Industry Focus:  Government, NGOs, Small/Mid Business, Enterprises


MIS Technologist is a global Integration Provider offering a “turn Key” approach to NGO’s and Governments creating customized Sustainable ITC (Information, Technology, Communication) to blend into the life’s and cultures of the Humans.

 

 

The Partner Channel 
Office Location:  Fargo, ND, United States
Type:  Other
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The Partner Channel provides sales, marketing, and leadership focused publications and events for Microsoft Dynamics Partners.

 

 

Idea Dudes LLC 
Office Location:  Palm Coast, , United States
Type:  Systems Integrator,Training Firm,System Builder
Industry Focus:  We provide companies with Microsoft Certification training and consulting. We deal with Exchange Server, Windows Server, SharePoint, SQL Server and Windows Desktops..


Microsoft Certification Camps is about providing business solutions and lowering companies Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). When you walk in to a Microsoft Certification Camps class you are starting a journey into the Certification Experience.

 

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