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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.
 

 

Featured Microsoft Partners

 

Rose Business Solutions 
Office Location:  San Diego, California, United States
Type:  Reseller,Training Firm,VAR
Industry Focus:  ERP, CRM, Manufacturing, Professional Services, Not For Profit, Distribution, Hosting, Retail


Rose Business Solutions is the leading business solutions provider for emerging middle market companies with $1 million to $500 million in annual revenues. Our solutions extend from the back to the front office and include the leading Microsoft-based Enterprise Resource Planning/Accounting (ERP), Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and Professional Services Automation (PSA) applications. During the last 20 years, the company has assisted over 400 companies with over 4000 end users in multiple industries and multiple countries and has grown to be one of the nations largest Microsoft value added reseller for business solutions.

 

 

Altico Advisors! 
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Type:  Reseller
Industry Focus:  Manufacturing, Distribution, Software Development, Professional Services, Medical Device


Altico Advisors implements & supports business & financial management solutions for mid-market firms throughout New England, New York & New Jersey. Altico is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner specializing in Dynamics GP systems for manufacturers, distributors, software development companies, professional services organizations, and the medical device sector.

 

 

Mi-Co 
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Type:  ISV,Systems Integrator,Other
Industry Focus:  Healthcare, Government, Field Services, Financial, Insurance, Construction


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Avastone Technologies LLC 
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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.

 

 

Insite Software 
Office Location:  Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Type:  ISV
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Insite Software is a leading provider of B2B and B2C ecommerce platforms, serving more than 700 customers, design agencies and .NET development firms across the globe.

 

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