It’s not difficult to envisage the apples and oranges in the sketch making way for more serious strategic debates in a boardroom. In fact the arguments that can arise from a simple statement about comparing apples with oranges probably resonates with most peoples’ daily lives – CIOs and other global business executives in particular.
Take for example something that should constitute a simple request such as a report on the cost, businesses justification and processes behind the CRM systems of your organisation for example? It’s not so simple when EMEA, APAC and the Americas are all running different applications and processes. And it doesn’t stop there. The different countries are probably all running separate billing systems to effectively manage their local requirements whether it’s currency, language, approval process, or simply different days in a working week.
That’s just a few of the complexities; suddenly, something that seemed like a simple request is not so simple at all, much like Dilbert’s experience of comparing apples with oranges.
Trying to compare the vagaries and complexities of different regions can be painful but very necessary. Okay, so it’s not necessary to compare apples with oranges, but in the cartoon strip it undoubtedly became very painful!
So just how does MEGA stop you having a Dilbert-style falling out?
Our solutions, with HOPEX as the common repository, enables us to gather our apples and oranges, or processes and applications, to see their interdependencies and make informed business decisions off the back of it. With this methodology, MEGA helps organisations facing these types of complexities manage and prioritise IT transformation projects to gain IT agility and drive business innovation, build a clear IT roadmap, and plan out capabilities to best utilise IT resource to support the organisation’s wider objectives.
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After a minor navigational hiccup almost saw us take the wrong direction from the outset, Saturday saw us start out ready to rock and roll for the 30km stretch from the Bridge of Orchy to Inverarnan with a mostly clear sky and a perfect temperature for walking. With such a variety of landscapes from the mountainous panoramas to the craggy and technical forest climbs, the day was undoubtedly physically challenging but hugely rewarding.
After a traditional Scottish feast and a very early night in the Tyndrum Inn, we were up and about bright and early for more on Sunday. With “only” 23km to cover on day 2, some of us were perhaps thinking it would be slightly easier going, but the ups and downs of the path around Loch Lomond soon dispelled those thoughts! But again the team spirit and effort for why we were doing it were evident for all to see, and the stunning views of the loch were something we’ll all remember for a long time. Our Sunday evening was spent in the famous Drovers Inn, and the friendly welcome, superb selection of Malt and tasty food were all very well received by our creaking bodies!
It’s back to business for now, but we are already putting our plans together to return to complete the West Highland Way in 2018.
The whole team would like to say a massive thanks to everyone who has sponsored us so far – if you’d like to make a contribution as well please visit our fundraising page via this link: Just Giving - MEGA - West Highland Way 2017 Part 2 Charity Challenge
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The traditions of the UK Charity Walk Taylor was self-opinionated, stubborn and worked hard at anything he decided to do both in and out of work. The MEGA team decided that they needed to do something to both honour Taylor’s memory and to ‘take a stand’ against this horrible disease. We talked about the sort of thing that Taylor would be part of and agreed it had to be tough, involve a team and raise money for charity. After some discussion, we decided we would attempt the UK Three Peaks Challenge. This involves both climbing the three highest peaks in the UK and more importantly doing so within a 24-hour period. Any of the three mountains are a significant walk in themselves, but the three together, the logistics of getting between them and the inevitable lack of sleep within the 24-hours means it’s a true test of both fitness and resolve. I’m proud to say the UK team completed the challenge successfully and raised significant funds in the process. It’s also worth noting that many of the team that took part in the challenge weren’t necessarily ‘outdoors people’, hadn’t undertaken serious hill walking before, or in some cases ever been to Scotland! A combination of training walks, fitness training and a close-knit team all pulled together to both prepare and execute on the day. It was a draining and emotional experience, but above all proud team that completed the challenge and vowed to keep Taylor’s name alive. In 2015 a team again formed and walked a significant section of the UK’s Jurassic Coast. Continual gradients, changeable weather and serious distances were all overcome by the team whilst raising funds in the process for Brain Tumour Research. Of note by this stage is that the team was no longer just made up of people who knew Taylor or who are based in the UK… now we had people walking in Taylor’s memory and reputation from both the UK and MEGA headquarters in Paris. Summer 2016 saw a new international team from both MEGA UK and headquarters assemble and attack the top third of the 95mile long Scotland’s West Highland Way. This route runs from just outside Glasgow to Fort William. The route is made up of non-surfaced tracks and covers a huge variety of gradients with the ever-changeable Scottish weather adding an air of excitement! 19 miles of walking on the first day and 17 on the second saw the team across the finish line. More charity funds were raised and many new friendships and bonds were formed – Taylor I’m sure is proud. About Brain Tumour Research Brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer … yet just 1% of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to this fight devastating disease. This is unacceptable! The Brain Tumour Research charity works hard to make a difference. Carol Robertson, Head of Community Fundraising for Brain Tumour Research, said: “We are extremely grateful to the Mega International UK team, and wish them all the best for a successful event. We hope as many people as possible will support their endeavour, or even consider holding their own events, helping us to spread the word about this terrible disease.” To donate If you would like to donate to this great cause, you can do so via our JustGiving page via this link Funds raised will help develop the charity’s network of world-class brain tumour research centres in the UK. We’ll post pictures and updates during our trek, and thank you for your great support! #MEGAUKCharityWalk
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A week on from a hugely successful Gartner EA Summit in a sweltering London, I wanted to take the opportunity to o ffer a short summary of the event and reflect on a productive couple of days.
As Platinum sponsors at the event, MEGA had the luxury of being the very first booth in the Solution Showcase area of the beautiful Park Plaza Hotel conference centre – with views over the Thames and the Houses of Parliament it is a pretty special venue.
Conversations came thick and fast during the day, with people clearly concerned with the GDPR regulations and acknowledging that basic applications such as Excel and Visio, while useful, are quickly outgrown as an organisation scales its enterprise architecture practice.
‘GDPR from the inside’ presentation
At 16:30 on day one of the event, Gerry Rankin our advocate from the MEGA Associate Programme and formerly Chief Information Architect at British American Tobacco gave his views on the GDPR from the inside, and what the impending regulations mean for data governance in organisati ons such as the global banking group he is currently working with.
Gerry’s presentation was packed to the rafters, with just under 200 people listening attentively and many visiting the MEGA booth afterwards to discuss their challenges further. The presentation is available to download from this post, and if you would like to discuss the aspects in which MEGA can help with GDPR preparedness please send me a direct message and I will arrange one of our team to contact you.
The GDPR from the inside de MEGA International
The Magnificent 7
Throughout the event our ‘Magnificent 7’ themed booth led to some fun conversations, with lots of you recognising yourself as the safe pair of hands, the visionary or one of our other light-hearted persona traits.
One of the most amusing conversations I had was with a CIO from a large bank (I probably shouldn’t say more than that!), but he strolled up to our booth and said that the personas pretty much perfectly described his team to a tee! He particularly liked the risk officer as the persona as the safe pair of hands like a wicket keeper in cricket, not least because he actually played that position for his local team. The conversation then took a big tangent onto the upcoming England v South Africa test match, but that’s another story!
On the Wednesday evening (after the networking drinks!), the MEGA team were also fortunate to enjoy a delicious meal with a number of our existing clients and some new acquaintances we met during the day – it was all-in-all a very pleasant experience followed by a stroll along London’s beautiful South Bank to unwind and prepare for another packed day of conversations and meetings on the Thursday.
Need a solar charger?
Last but not least, our solar charging devices proved highly popular throughout the whole event, so if you missed out on yours fear not – again simply send me a direct message and I will have one sent to you.
We hope you enjoyed the event as much as we did, and we look forward to talking to you very soon about the value that MEGA’s Gartner-leading HOPEX tool can add to the many exciting initiatives and projects that we touched upon during the event.
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MEGA are proud Platinum sponsors of the Gartner Enterprise Architecture and Technology Innovation Summit on the 14th and 15th June at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel in London.
The event will provide the opportunity to meet the MEGA team on booth number PL1 to discuss how your organisation could join the likes of NATs, Babcock, Co-operative Banking Group and Nissan in benefitting from our solutions, and for us to understand your organisation’s business transformation challenges and objectives.
To ‘keep it real’, we’ll also have a fun ‘Magnificent 7’ style theme on our booth featuring an interactive 3D shootout game, not to mention tasty Tex Mex food and beers to hand. Our team, or ‘cowboy coaches’ also have innovative solar charging devices to give out for 3D shootout hotshots.
Back to business for a brief moment…. because MEGA’s HOPEX tool adds value to so many parts of our customers’ business, we get to know the different roles that stakeholders play in an organisation. And with this we have come up with a ‘Magnificent 7’ stakeholders that experience business challenges that MEGA can help to solve. And with the Magnificent 7, innovation has a number… next week we’ll be asking the question which number are you?
Innovation has a number...
Here’s a quick roundup of the exciting activities we’ve got going on before and during the event.
Because we don’t want you to be dehydrated - win a bottle of bubbly
If you’d like to pre-submit a question to discuss how MEGA can be of specific assistance to your role and organisation, please feel free to do so in the comments field below or send me a private message in the Community if you’d prefer. On the last day of the event we’ll also be doing a live draw for a random winner from anyone who has sent a question or engages with us on the MEGA community before the event!
Need a ticket for the event?
We have a very limited number of free passes for customers and a unique discount code available, so if you’ve not already booked your ticket please register to our Community and send me a private message for .
We know that the Gartner schedule is pretty full-on. So if you’d like to schedule a meeting, please email or send me a private message in the Community with your preferred day and time and we’ll do our best to accommodate you. We can be flexible, so let us know if you’d prefer to meet on the exhibition booth during the day, in one of the networking areas, or even for some lunch or in the evening.
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