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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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T3 Information Systems 
Office Location:  Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Type:  ISV,Systems Integrator,Reseller,VAR
Industry Focus:  Not-For-Profit


T3 Information Systems, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner specializing in Microsoft Dynamics GP, SL and CRM, as well as financial reporting, dashboard and budgeting applications such as FRx\Management Reporter, OnseStop Reporting, NetCharts Performance Dashboards, Forecaster and our own Full Circle Budget. T3 combines best in class software applications with industry best practices and proven processes to meet the unique business needs of nonprofit organizations. To learn more about T3 Information Systems, visit www.t3infosystems.com.

 

 

Borek Business Solutions 
Office Location:  Bend, Oregon, United States
Type:  Reseller,VAR
Industry Focus:  Small and Mid-Sized Businesses needing Financial/ERP Software. Many healthcare firms, Non-profit, distribution and light manufacturing companies.


At Borek Business Solutions, we get it. We understand the needs of small & mid-sized businesses because we've been there: we're a midsize business with small company roots. We're experts in Microsoft Dynamics® GP, an integrated, adaptable, user-friendly ERP business management solution.

 

 

Celestix 
Office Location:  Fremont, , United States
Type:  System Builder
Industry Focus:  MSP, Mid Market Commercial, SLED, Enterprise


Celestix is a leading provider of strong authentication, secure remote access and perimeter security - enabling organizations to enforce strong security controls for both user and data centric security.

 

 

Blackcreek Technologies 
Office Location:  Stratford, ON, Canada
Type:  ISV,Systems Integrator,VAR
Industry Focus:  General - Applicable to All


Blackcreek Technologies is a dynamic company dedicated to providing integrated business technology solutions and improvements to our valued customers. We believe in our abilities. We provide exceptional service. We are a diverse group of dedicated professionals who specialize in providing complete and pro-active solutions for businesses.

 

 

NCC Data 
Office Location:  Addison, Texas, United States
Type:  ISV,Systems Integrator,Reseller
Industry Focus:  NCC Data specializes in IT Outsourcing. We consult with companies in order to help maximize employee’s productivity with the goal of reducing costs.


NCC Data has grown to one of the top independently owned IT services and communications companies in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Why? Our clients come first. It’s important to us as a company to give each and every client the best in cost-effective innovation, strategies, service and professionalism.

 

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