• Login

Conferences and Public Presentations

Information regarding all conferences and public presentations where James Robertson has presented

Following is a list of all such events

<<< PREVIOUS SUB-SECTION:  Briefings and Seminars


NEXT SUB-SECTION:  On-Line Seminars (Webinars) >>>

NEXT SUB-SUB-SECTION:  Conferences 80 to 99 -- 2009 to Present >>>


List of Conference and other Public Presentations


by Dr James A Robertson PrEng

93      Robertson, J A (2013) Adopting a focused approach to strategic business improvement.  IT Web BPM Summit 2013, May 2013.

92      Priebatsch, R and Robertson, J A (2013) Doing things differently and better – ASCO Case Study – Creating Competitive Advantage.  IT Web BPM Summit 2013, May 2013.

91      Robertson, J A (2012) The Business Process -- Over rated and over stated.  IT BPM Summit 2012, April 2012.



88      Priebatsch, R and Robertson, J A (2010) A Strategic ERP Investment – African Sales Company Case Study.  Service Management Conference and Exhibition Africa, August 2010.

87      Robertson, J A (2010) Critical factors for strategic business improvement success.  Maintenance, Engineering Services and Technology Management Conference, June 2010.


85      Robertson, J A (2010) Precision configuration -- Information Technologies' orphan child.  Improve IT 2010, March 2010.

84      Robertson, J A (2010) ERP and IT In Strategic Management.  Strategic Management Conference, September 2010.

83      Robertson, J A (2010) Strategic Analysis and Design -- An Engineering Approach to Strategic Planning.  Strategic Management Conference, September 2010.

82      Robertson, J A (2009) A strategic approach to corporate planning, management and governance.  CIT Governance Conference, November 2009.

81      Robertson, J A (2009) Insights of Knowledge Management in a Global Recession.  Annual Knowledge Management & Intranets Conference, May 2009.

80      Robertson, J A (2010) Why your ERP is not delivering and how to fix it.  Information and Communication Technology Management Conference, February 2010.


79      Robertson, J A (2009) The Critical Factors for Technology Implementation Success. Ghana Institution of Engineers, Engineering the Oil and Gas Industry Conference, March 2009.

78      Robertson, J A (2009) The New South Africa -- Why Engineering Fails. Engineering Manager Conference, June 2009.

77      Robertson, J A (2009) A strategy focused planning system beyond traditional budgeting.  Africa Financial Controllers Conference, May 2004.

76      Robertson, J A (2008) The Problem of IT Mythology and Mystique - Bringing IT Audit Down to Earth.  2nd Annual IT Audit Challenge Forum 2008, May 2009.

75      Robertson, J A (2008) South Africa -- Engineering to Thrive.  Presentation to members of the American Society of Civil Enigeers, August 2008

74      Robertson, J A (2008) A moral and ethical dilemma -- systems that fail.  Improve I.T. Conference, September 2008.

73      Robertson, J A (2008) The Critical Factors for I.T. Success in a Declining Economy Professional Speakers Association of Southern Africa Success Factor Conference, October 2008.

72      Robertson, J A (2008) The essence of managing I.T. Projects on time that meet expectation.  IT Project Management Conference, September 2008.

71      Robertson, J A (2008) South Africa -- Engineering to Thrive.  SAICE Railways and Harbours Division, October 2008

70      Robertson, J A (2008) South Africa -- Engineering to Thrive.  Presentation to the Council of the South African Institution of Civil Engineers, April 2008


68      Robertson, J A (2008) Discovery: An Essential Element of SOA Implementation.  SOA Conference, June 2008.

67      Robertson, J A (2008) Improving your strategic involvement in the business by actively engaging in the day today running of your I.T. Systems and ensuring an effective I.T. Infrastructure is in place.  Third Annual I.T. Strategy and Governance Conference, May 2008.


65      Robertson, J A (2007) The REAL Issues in I.T. Audit.  Information Technology Audit Conference, May 2007.

64      Robertson, J A (2007) Engaging the Board in Strategic Information Technology Decisions.  Gordon Institute of Business Science Board Leadership Program, September 2007.

63      Robertson, J A (2007) Information Technology the Harshest Judge of Governance.  Information Technology Governance and Strategy Summit, May 2007.

62      Robertson, J A (2006) The Critical Factors for IT Investment Success – How to ensure that Software Assets deliver.  Software Asset Management Conference, July 2006.

61      Robertson, J A (2006) Analysing the Two most Critical Factors for IT Investment Success: Executive Custody and Strategic Solution Architecture, August 2006.

60      Robertson, J A (2005) Why Information Technology in Managed Healthcare does NOT Deliver what is Expected and HOW to Fix it.  4th Managed Healthcare Congress, September 2005.


59      Robertson, J A (2005) The Critical Factors for Information Technology Investment Success.  IT Service Management Forum SA, 6th Annual Conference and Exhibition, August 2005.


57      Robertson, J A (2004) The Critical Factors for Information Technology Investment Success.  Colloquium at the School of Information Technology at the University of Pretoria, May 2004.

56      Robertson, J A (2004) Seamlessly Integrating Information Technology Into the Business.  Information Technology Service Management Forum of South Africa Annual Conference, May 2004.

55      Robertson, J A (2003) Evaluating Current Medico Legal Practices to Determine Whether or Not they are Conducive to Effective Health Management.  The 2nd Annual Medico Legal Symposium 2003, July 2003

54      Robertson, J A (2002) A  Holistic View of Information Systems as a Context to Business Intelligence Business Intelligence Symposium, October 2002

53      Robertson, J A (2002) Some Thoughts On Is An Engineering Maintenance Manage­ment Methodology Coupled With A Radical Rethink About Clinical Data Code Design The Answer To Radically Improved Health Care In The New Millennium?  2nd Annual Clinical Data Management Symposium 2002, July 2002.

52      Robertson, J A (1998) I.T. Management for Non-I.T. Managers.  Two Day Course for AIC Training, June 1998.

51      Robertson, J A (1997) I.T. Management for Non-I.T. Managers.  Two Day In-house Course on Behalf of AIC Training for Shell and B P Refineries, July 1997.

50      Robertson, J A (1997) How to Develop an Effective Contractual Framework for Purchas­ing Informa­tion Technology Related Services to Overcome the 70% Project Failure Rate.  Seminar and Workshop on Effective I.T. Service Purchasing, Rand­burg, May 1997.

49      Robertson, J A (1997) The Real Issues in Information Technology (Why 70% of Corpor­ates are Dissatisfied with their I.T. Investments).  Paper presented at the Informa­tion Technology Management Forum '97, Sandton, June 1997.

48      Robertson, J A (1997) Effectively Integrate the IT Strategy into the Vision and Strategy of the Business.  Paper presented at the Information Technology Manage­ment Forum '97, Sandton, June 1997.

47      Robertson, J A (1997) FMIS Renewal as a Platform for Re-Engineering.  Paper pres­ented at the Conference on Financial Management Information Systems, Sandton, May 1997.

46      Nelson, J and Robertson, J A (1997) Insourcing : Restructuring the I.T. Depart­ment for Better Business Focus and Increased Effectiveness.  Armscor Case Study. Paper presented at the Outsour­cing Information Technology Conference, Johannesburg, March 1997.

45      Robertson, J A (1997) Determining the Most Effective Type of Outsourcing for your Strategic Requirements Paper presented at the I.T. Function Confer­ence, Pretoria, February 1997.

44      Robertson, J A (1996) Use of IT to Create and Manage Market Driven Strategic Plans Presenta­tion to the Marketing Information Systems Confer­ence, Johannesburg, Septem­ber 1996.

43      Robertson, J A (1996) How Effective are your Performance Measurement Systems  Presenta­tion to the Financial Controllers Conference, Johannesburg, August 1996.

42      Robertson, J A (1996) Learning From The Reasons Why 70% of Corpor­ations are Dissat­isfied With I.T. : Client Server Applications in a Mainframe Environment  Presenta­tion to the Compu­ware Conference, Tel Aviv, June 1996.

41      Robertson, J A (1996) Why 70% of Corporations are Dissatisfied With I.T. : How to Avoid Dissatisfaction in Your Organization  Presentation to the Compuware Confer­ence, Tel Aviv, June 1996.

40      Robertson, J A (1996) Outsourcing Information Technology : A Construc­tion Industry Model  Presentation to the Outsourcing Conference, Johannesburg, April 1996.                                                     


39      Robertson, J A (1995) What the Taxpayer and Business Expects From You Presen­ta­tion to the Forum for Financial Managers and Depart­mental Account­ants, Pretoria, February 1996.

38      Cohen, J R and Robertson, J A (1995) Identifying and Sourcing Strategical­ly Significant Information  Paper presented at the Business Intelli­gence Confer­ence, Johannesburg, February 1996.

37      Robertson, J A (1995) The Reasons Why More Than 70% of Corporations Are Dissat­isfied With Their I.T. Investment : How Senior Management Can Respond Proactively to Overcome This Syndrome in Their Organizations Presentation to the Compuware/Uniface Executive Forum, Munich, Octo­ber 1995.

36      Robertson, J A (1995) The Reasons Why More Than 70% of Corporations Are Dissat­isfied With Their I.T Investment : How to Improve Sales Success With Uniface  Presenta­tion to the Compuware/­Uniface Sales Meeting, Munich, October 1995.

35      Cohen, R (1995) Applying the Financial Management Information System (FMIS) for Strategic Gain  Paper presented at the Financial Controllers Confer­ence, Johannesburg, September 1995.

34      Robertson, J A (1995) The Information Environment - Delivering Informa­tion Effectively  Presenta­tion to Compuware, London, September 1995.

33      Robertson, J A (1995) Shaping the Future - Information Technology and Strategic Change  Presentation to the Strategic Planning Society Special Interests Group and the British Computer Society, London, September, 1995.

32      Robertson, J A (1995) Conceiving and Building a More Flexible and Diverse Organiz­ation  Paper presented at the Re-Engineering the Human Resource Func­tion Conference, London, September 1995.

31      Robertson, J A (1995) Issues in Enterprise Development  Presentation to the Compu­ware Client Server Development Conference, Johannesburg, August 1995.

30      Robertson, J A (1995)  Positioning Your Information Services Department as a Strategic Value Adding Business Function  Presentation to the I.T. Perform­ance Management Confer­ence, Kempton Park, July 1995.

29      Cohen, J R and Robertson J A (1995)  Linking the Information Warehouse to your Business Strategy  Presentation to the Data Warehousing Conference, Sandton, June 1995.

28      Robertson, J A (1995)  The Information Environment : Delivering Informa­tion Effectively  Keynote Address  Paper presented at the Annual Congress of the South African Institu­tion of Civil Engineers, Port Elizabeth, April 1995

27      Robertson, J A (1995)  Getting the Financial Re-Engineering Project Off the Ground  Paper presented at the Financial Re-Engineering Conference, Sand­ton, March 1995.

26      Speer, K and Robertson, J A (1995)  Information Architecture and Design of FIS : Rennies Group Limited Case Study  Paper presented at the Financial Informa­tion Systems Conference, Johannesburg, March 1995.

25      Robertson, J A (1994) A Practical Approach to Implementing Integrated Informa­tion Systems in Real Companies  Presentation to SAICE IT Confer­ence on Integrated Informa­tion Solutions in Engineering Practice, Johannesburg, October 1994.

24      Robertson, J A (1994) IT in Strategic and Competitive Manage­ment, Presen­ta­tion to Transnet: Trans-IT'94 Conference, Johannesburg, October 1994.

23      Robertson, J A (1994) Identifying Your Key Business Objectives to Develop a Coordinated FMIS Strategy That Meets Your Specific Needs  Paper pres­ented at Financial Management Information Systems Conference, Johannesburg, September 1994.

22      Robertson, J A (1994) Managing Systems Integration Within a Framework of Business Process Re-Design (BPR)  Paper presented at Systems Integration Confer­ence, Johannesburg, September 1994.

21      Robertson, J A (1994) Successful Implementation of EIS: The Holistic Business Paradigm  Paper presented at Executive Informa­tion Systems Conference, Johannesburg, August 1994.

20      Robertson, J A (1994) The Financial Implications of Developments in Information Technol­ogy for Education  Presentation to the Eighth Annual Conference of the Bursars Associ­ation of the Independent Schools Council of South Africa, Kwa Maritane, August 1994.


19      Robertson, J A (1994) Using Activity Based Financial Management Systems to Achieve Self Auditing Capability for Increased Audit Precision and Reduced Costs  Paper presented at Conference on Devel­op­ing and Measur­ing the Effec­tiveness of Inter­nal Audit, Johannesburg, June 1994.

18      Paton, G J and Robertson, J A (1994) Designing and Implementing an Inte­grated Risk Management System that Effectively Minimizes your Exposure  Paper pres­ented at the Risk Management Confer­ence, Johannesburg, June 1994.

17      Robertson, J A (1994) The Real Issues in Outsourcing  Paper pres­ented at the Outsourcing Information Technology Confer­ence, Johannesburg, June 1994.

16      Robertson, J A and Cohen J R (1994) Information Warehousing: A Means of Catering for Changing FIS Requirements  Paper pres­ented at the Finan­cial Informa­tion Systems Confer­ence, Johannesburg, May 1994.

15      Robertson, J A (1994) Fundamentals in Designing a Finan­cial Information System For Corporate Decision Support  Paper pres­ented at Financial Infor­mation Systems Conference, Johannesburg, May 1994.

14      Robertson, J A (1994)  A Market Focused Approach to Developing an Informa­tion Technol­ogy Strategy  Paper presented at Informa­tion Systems Manager Confer­ence, Johannesburg, March 1994.

13      Cohen, J R and Robertson J A (1994)  Network Systems in Support of Business Strategy  Paper presented at the Networking '94 Con­ference, Johannesburg, February 1994.

12      Robertson J A (1993)  Differentiating between Strategic, Tactical and Operational Informa­tion Systems  Keynote Presentation to Com­puter Society of South Africa Strategic Informa­tion Delivery SIG, Johannesburg, July 1993.

11      Barry, R M and Robertson J A (1993)  The Benefits of Manage­ment Informa­tion Systems to the Professional Practice  Paper pres­ented at the SAICE 15th Annual Conference on Comp­­uters in Civil Engineer­ing, "Bene­fits of Information Technol­ogy", Cape Town, September 1993.

10      Robertson J A (1993) Cross Platform Information Integration  Paper pres­ented at Business-Led I.T. Strategies Conference. Johannesburg, May 1993.

9        Robertson J A (1993) Integrating Strategic Information Systems with Oper­ational Systems. The Corporate Command Centre  Paper pres­ented at Busi­ness-Led I.T. Strategies Conference.  Johannesburg, May 1993.

8        Robertson J A (1992) Effective Implementation of Executive Infor­mation Systems  Paper presented at Executive Information Sys­tems Confer­ence.  Johannesburg, March 1992.

7        Robertson J A (1992) Enhancing Information System Effectiveness : The Human Element  Paper presented at Executive Information Systems Confer­ence.  Johannesburg, March 1992 and South African Institution of Civil Engineers Confer­ence May 1992.                                                                      

6        Robertson J A (1992) The Challenge of Applying Computers to Make Engineers More Innovative, Productive and Profitable  Paper pres­ented at 1992 SAICE Con­gress. Pretoria, April 1992.

5        Robertson J A (1991) What Is Your Time Really Worth?  How to Manage Your Practice to Earn a Living Wage  Published in the October 1991 issue of the South African Veterinary Medicine jour­nal - Vetmed. 

4        Robertson J A (1991) Experience with the Introduction of an Inte­grated Practice Manage­ment System into a Number of Large Consult­ing Engineering Prac­tices  Presented at the SAICE Com­puter Divi­sion 13th National Sympo­sium on "Comput­ing in Civil Engineering", Port Elizabeth, May 1991.

3        Robertson J A (1990) Computerized Management Informa­tion Systems for the Consulting Practice: A Structural Busi­ness Model with the Objective of Improving Profitability  Presented at the SAICE Computer Division 12th N­ational Sympo­sium on "Com­puting in Civil Engineering into the 1990's", Mid Rand, May 1990, published in the October 1990 issue of the Civil Engineer in South Africa.

2        Robertson J A (1990) The Management of Computer Resources in the Business Environment with Particular Reference to the Pro­fessio­nal Practice  Presented at the SAICE Computer Division 12th National Sympo­sium on "Computing in Civil Engineering into the 1990's", Mid Rand, May 1990, published in the October 1990 issue of the Civil Engineer in South Africa.

1        Robertson J A, Greyling A J and Middleton B J (1989) An Inte­grated, Inter-active Pro­fessio­nal Practice Man­agement and Accoun­ting Infor­mation System  Pres­ented at the 11th Annual Confer­ence on Computers in Civil Engineering, "Informa­tion Systems in Civil Engin­eer­ing", Bloemfontein, May 1989.

 03     Robertson J A and Kirsten H A D (1988) Computer Literacy and Interac­tive Use of Computers to Improve Engineering Productiv­ity and Technical Stan­dards  Presented at the 10th Annual Confer­ence on Computers in Civil Engineering, "Computing into the 90's", Durban, May 1988.

02      Robertson J A (1986) Programming Techniques to Improve User Productiv­ity  Presented at the 8th Annual Conference on Comp­­uters in Civil Engineer­ing, "Com­puters '86", Cape Town, May 1986.

01      Robertson J A (1989) Critical Limit State Hazard Management as a Tech­nique to Control the Stability of Slopes in Mining  Paper pres­ented at the South African National Group of the Society for Rock Mechanics, Johannesburg, March 1989.




Random Selection of Articles by Dr James Robertson

Cnf 000 List of Conference and other Public Presentations

Comprehensive list of Conferences and Presentations by Dr James A Robertson
SNw 052 Robust Procurement: Part 3 - Exec Engagement, Bid Compliance, Adjudication and other matters

A discussion of the importance of executive engagement, bid compliance evaluation, a structured approach to bid adjudication and other matters
Std 015 Procurement: 07 Bid Compliance Checklist

The Bid Compliance Checklist is designed to ensure that bid documents are complete and that bidders comply with prescribed requirements.  Bidder are required to initial each item to confirm compliance and reference to the documents that underpin the specific point where this is applicable

Dr James A Robertson PrEng

Business Systems NOT delivering?

Call the Business Systems Specialist

Dr. James Robinson

Dr James A Robertson -- has been involved in the effective application of Business Information Systems, including but NOT limited to ERP, since 1987 and in the profitable and effective use of computers in Business since 1981.

Drawing on a diversity of experience, including formal military training in Quick Attack techniques at the Regimental Commander level, Dr Robertson has developed highly effective methods of investigating any sub-optimal Business Information Systems situation -- be it an established system or a stalled project or any other source of Executive frustration -- quickly and concisely diagnosing the root cause of the problem and prescribing concise practical actions that Business Executives can effectively act on see the Pulse Measurement page and also the Sample Reports page for redacted real reports.

He has also developed highly effective methods of strategically enriching systems to unlock the full potential of existing investments, see the Precision Configuration page and couples this to architecting small pieces of clever software that harness the full potential of your investment, see the Software page.

If you are having problems with your systems, your project or your IT Department, call The Business Systems Specialist

Business System Failure is RIFE -- we offer insight into why this happens AND WHAT is required to prevent it.

Failure is at epidemic levels with massive damage done to client companies -- if you are NOT aware of the extent of the problem please visit the About Failure page for a catalog of major failures running to billions of Pounds and Dollars.

All evidence indicates that the established players do NOT know how to deliver stable, reliable high value solutions that WORK.

There HAS to be a better way!

This website provides information relating to that way with a large collection of white papers, presentations, standards documents, etc that you can use to start bringing the situation under control

We also offer high level advisory services with regard to the application of the principles advocated on this website

We offer an ENGINEERING APPROACH to addressing these issues

Click here to read more about the Engineering Approach

By Engineering I mean the formal, structured, highly disciplined, highly systematic, highly practical approach that consistently delivers results in ALL areas of human endeavor where formally trained and certified engineers are the ONLY practitioners permitted to operate -- think large buildings, factories, motor vehicles, aircraft -- highly complex systems that work at a level that we take it for granted that they WILL work and where failure is all but unthinkable and, when it happens, attracts immediate public attention and rigorous investigation directed at ensuring that such failures are prevented in the future -- in fact, everything that the management consulting industry that implements complex software systems is NOT

This approach is discussed further on the Engineering Approach page.

Search Articles

Random Selection of Articles by Dr James Robertson

Cnf 088 Strategic ERP Investment -- ASCO Case Study

Case Study of a very successful ERP Implementation that generated lasting strategic benefit through competitive advantage resulting from  rigorously designed Precision Configuration and associated custom software, joint paper with the CEO and major shareholder of the client, African Sales Company
Std 005 Procurement: 00b Invitation to Bid

A simple invitation letter which you can tailor and elaborate on as you see fit
Cnf 076 The Problem of IT Mythology and Mystique - Bringing IT Audit Down to Earth

The real issues in IT Audit, cutting through mythology and mystique to examine the factors that should really be examined in IT Audits, ranging from strategic alignment and governance through to effective IT staff alignment with the business through boots in the mud socialization

Book -- The Critical Factors for Information Technology Investment Success

In 2003 I undertook an in-depth analysis of all the information and experience that I had gathered with regard to the factors giving rise to Business Information System failure including ERP and general IT and classified this information into a number of categories including "The Factors Causing Failure" and "The Critical Factors for Success" based on this I developed a two day Course "The Critical Factors for Information Technology Investment Success" which is still offered today.

Based on this I wrote the book of the same name, which is available in electronic form here for download:

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Click here to send us an email subscribing to our free newsletter -- all articles posted by James Robertson will be emailed to you

Connect with James Robertson on LinkedIn

James has a very detailed profile on LinkedIn should you require further information about him.

You can also connect with him on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/in/DrJamesARobertsonERPDoctor

James has an open networking profile -- click on "Connect" and use email address James@LinkedIn-at-JARA.com.

Contact Us

You can contact us on

Email: James@James-A-Robertson-and-Associates.com

LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/in/drjamesarobertsonerpdoctor

Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/james.a.robertson.393

Mobile: +44 (0) 776-862-2875

Landline: +44 (0) 207-059-0007

Fax: +44 (0) 844 774 4580

Articles by James A Robertson and Associates

There is a large body of white papers, articles and other content produced by Dr James Robertson available on this website

Please click here to visit the detailed listing of articles

ArticleTagCloud for Articles Published by James A Robertson and Associates

7 steps to FIX your ERP      80:20 regarding software replacement      aborted projects      abstract      abstractness      accounting      actionable      adjudication      Advantage Data Transformer      advisory      agreement      all possible classifications      all reports      all software elements required      all spreadsheets      all tasks required to execute the project      Alpha Omega      analysis of data      analytics      animation      answers to the questions we have NOT yet thought to ask      Armscor      arrogant ignorance      art of strategic business information system project leadership      ASCO      attendance register      attorney      audit      audit cost reduction      bankrupt organizations      basis for achieving alignment      basis of payment      basis of pricing      better way      bid adjudication      bid adjudication score sheet      bid compliance      bid compliance checklist      bill of materials      bill of services      BIS      BIS failure      BIS success      boots in the mud      BPM      BPM dangerous      BPM distracting      BPM ineffective      brainstorming      break it until it does NOT break anymore      break it until it will NOT break any more      budget      budgeting      business engagement      business executives      business improvement      business information system      business information system failure      business information system success      business information system taxonomies      business information systems      business information systems procurement      business information systems projects      business integration      business intelligence      business intelligence models      business knowledge and experience      business participation      business process      business process mapping      business requirements focused      business requirements specification      business simulation laboratory      business systems      business systems laboratory      business understanding      by the book      care      case studies      case study      CEO      CEO -- project leader communication      CEO as custodian      CEO definite views      certificates      challenges      challenging presentations      change facilitation      change for strategic reasons      chart of accounts      classification schemes      clever software      client changing scope      client compact      clinical codes      coaching      Cobol      COBOL CAN be retained      Cobol still viable      code schemes      coding conventions and standards      cognitive span      collapse      communication      competitive advantage      competitive advantage through precision configuration      competitiveness      compiler      complexity      compliance      compliance checklist      comprehensive testing      Compuware      conference speaking      conferences      confidentiality      configuration      consultant NOT delivering what required      contract      contract certificates      contract law      contracting      contractors      corporate planning      cost      cost-quality-time      CPT 4      CPT4      critical factors      critical factors for IT investment success      critical factors for success      critical factors for technology success      critical human foundation      critical issues      critical issues analysis      critical requirements      CRM Risk Control      cubic business model      custom development      custom software      customer focused      data      data content      data engineering      data entities      data warehouse      DB2      definitions      design against failure      design and development      design for success      determination of strategic essence      determining strategy      diagnostic code      diamonds in the dust      differentiated      differentiation      diffusion of innovations      discovery      dislike of failure      dispute resolution      do NOT change systems because of alleged software redundancy      do things competitors could NOT do      document pack      Dr James A Robertson      Dr James A Robertson PrEng      dramatic benefits      dramatically improved strategic management information      driver of success      Dunning-Kruger effect      ease of use      economic collapse      economics      effective communication      effectiveness      efficiencies      efficiency      efficient filing of emails      eliminate light bidders      email      engineer against failure      engineered data      engineering      engineering approach      engineering approach to strategy      engineering failure      engineering laboratory      engineering services      engineering solution design      engineering techniques      enhance differentiators      enhance the differentiators      enhancing the value of your present investment      ensuring project success      enterprise resource planning      ERP      ERP configuration      ERP failure      ERP procurement      ERP success      ERP taxonomies      ERP value      essence IS different      essence of business      essence of the business and how it thrives      ethics      examples      exceptionally bad code design      executive briefing      executive briefings      executive custody      executive decision support      executive engagement      executive forum      executive frustration      expose hidden agendas      facilitation      factors causing failure      factors causing IT investment failure      factors causing technology failure      factors to manage for success      failure      failure to address soft issues      fashion      file table of contents      Financial Information System      financial information systems      financial management      fixing your ERP      focus for projects      folder design      foundation for delivery      full training      functional entities      future      Gantt Chart      gap analysis      general ledger      George Paton      go-live      go-live certificate      governance      governance = care      governance failure      group consolidation      Group Consolidation Chart of Accounts      growth      gut feel factors      hand holding      harshest judge of governance      hate failure      head count reduction      health management software      hierarchies      high level requirements      high road      high value      high value implementations      high value solutions      high value systems implementation      highly effective chart of accounts      holistic view of solution      how do you achieve executive custody      how the organization differentiates itself      how to      how to do it      huge opportunity      human foundation      hype      Hyperion      IBIS      ICD 10      ICD10      importance of executive custody      improved management information      in-box rules      incremental enhancement of existing systems      ineffectiveness      inefficiency      information required from third party suppliers      information technology      information technology failure      Information Technology Strategy      information technology success      Informix      in-house courses      innovative software solutions      innovator      inside head of CEO      insightful      instructions      intangible      integrated business information system      integrated view of business      integrity      intelligent data      interactive training material      interview      invitation to bid      isolated CEO = explosion      IT      IT and strategy      IT Audit      IT failure      IT governance      IT lies      IT management      IT mythology      IT non-performance      IT people who lie      IT personnel socialization      IT procurement      IT projects that fail      IT strategy      IT systems      IT systems procurement      IT the harshest judge of governance      James Robertson      Jof Nelson      key performance indicators      Kirsten Speer      knowledge management      laboratory      lack of an engineering approach      lack of precision configuration      lack of strategic alignment      lawyer      leadership      legal agreement      legislation      lies      list of required software      listen carefully      litigation      logical entities      loss information      low road      loyalty      MacDonald      maintain code schemes      maintenance      maintenance management      Malcolm McDonald      management      management information      managing contractors      manual      marketing hype      master data      master data classifications      master test data      mature facilitation      mature facilitator      measurable      measures of alignment      mentoring      Microsoft Outlook      misrepresentation      missing link      mistique      morals      Munich      mystique      mythology      new future state      New South Africa      no drill down      non-disclosure      NOT classic project management      obsolete is a fashion statement      obsolete software      old software IS viable      once software works it always works      on-line seminars      opportunities      opportunity to turn the economy around      organizing Microsoft Outlook      orientation of IT staff      own business experience      passion to enable clients to thrive      people are part of the system      personality matrix      planning      platform for a tough contract      precisio      precision      precision configuration      precision configuration advisory      precision configuration leadership      precision data      precision taxonomies      Predictive Index      preparatory steps      prescribed table of contents      presentation technique      presentations      preventing failure      preventing falure      preventing project failure      pricing      principles      problem statement      procedure code      process      processor ignorant of language      procurement      procurement timeline      professional speaker      Professional Speakers Association of Southern Africa      profitability      programming languages are for the programmer      project facilitation      project leader      project leader -- CEO communication      project leadership      project management      project management IT project management      projects      prove it works      PSASA      psychology      psychometrics      public conferences      public presentations      public speaking      Pulse Measurement      quality      REAL issues in Business Information Systems      REAL value      recognizing failure      redaction      reduced audit costs      reduced head count      reference documents      Reg Barry      regulatory body      relationship Almighty      relationship orientated      remediation of existing systems      Rennies Group      reports      reports not reliable      request for proposal      requirements specification      results orientated      RFP      right things      rigorous process      rigorous strategic planning      risk management      Robert Priebatsch      robust business information systems procurement      robust business systems procurement      robust contracts      robust procurement      robust solutions      SAICE      SAP ABAP is similar to COBOL      scheduling procurement      scientific professional      score sheet      screen design      seminars      SEPT      service orientated      Service Orientated Architecture      simple techniques to enhance business information systems value      simulation      sloppy configuration      SOA      socialization      software      software assets      software design      software does NOT wear out      software is instructions for the bricklayer      software schedule      software specification      software specification standards      solution experience      solution knowledge      South Africa      South African Institution of Civil Engineering      speaking      Spirit Led      standards      strategic      strategic advisory      strategic alignment      strategic analysis      strategic analysis and design      strategic business improvement      strategic custom development      strategic definition      strategic discovery      strategic driver      strategic driving force      strategic engineered precision configuration      strategic engineered precision taxonomies      strategic essence      strategic financial information      strategic gap analysis      strategic governance      strategic information      strategic management      strategic management information      strategic plan      strategic planning      strategic project leader      strategic snapshots      strategic software      strategic solution architect advisory      strategic solution architect leadership      strategic solution architecture      strategically designed chart of accounts      strategy      strategy defined      strategy focused planning      Strategy Snapshot Toolset      StratGap      StratSnap      strengthen differentiators      structured analysis      structured chart of accounts      substantial management information      succeed by engineering against failure      success      successful deployment      survive      system knowledge and experience      table of contents      tailored presentations      take notes      taxonomies      taxonomy      taxonomy software      technology      technology failure      technology issues      technology management      tender document pack      tender pack      tender pack table of contents      test data      testing      The Critical Factors for Information Technology Investment Success      the Critical Factors for Success      the essence of the business      the essence of the business and how it thrives      the essence of the organization and how it thrives      the factors causing failure      the first hour      The REAL Issues in Business Information System success      things right      third party suppliers      third world countries      thrive      time      tipping point      tough certificates      tough contract management      tough contracts      tough procurement      tough terms      training      training material      treatment code      understanding of data      understanding the engineering approach      Uniface      unlocking value      use different languages for new components      V3 Consulting Engineers      validation data      value      versus process      video      webinar      webinars      weighted factors      what is executive custody      what is strategy      what is the essence of this organization and how does it thrive      what to do      where is IT going      why executive custody is required      why the organization exists and how it thrives      why your business information system is NOT delivering and HOW to FIX it      why your ERP is NOT delivering and how to fix it      workflow      writer     

Table of Contents


About Dr James A Robertson PrEng -- The Business Systems Doctor -- and Other Topics

Catalogue of Major Business Information System Failures

About the Engineering Approach

James Robertson's Value Add

Attributes of a HIGH VALUE solution

Recognizing Business System Failure

The Critical Human Foundation

Old Software IS Viable

From South Africa

Competencies of Dr James A Robertson PrEng

About Professor Malcolm McDonald

Table of Contents

About my relationship with the Almighty Creator, Yah the Eternally Self-Existing

Comments relating to the Business Systems Industry and other topics

Testimonials and other positive material regarding James Robertson

Reference Articles

List of Articles

Article Catalogue

Achieving High Value Business Information System outcomes

Executive Custody -- What is it and HOW do you get it?

The REAL Issues in Integrated Business Information System Success

Part 1: Introduction

Part 2 -- Mythology and Lack of Executive Custody

Part 3 – Strategic Alignment and Precision Configuration

Why your ERP is NOT delivering and HOW to FIX it

IT Project Management

Pulse Measurement

CEO Anthony Lee Comments on his experience of the Pulse Measurement

No Charge Guarantee on the Pulse Measurement Service

Examples of Pulse Measurement Outcomes

Critical questions regarding the Pulse Measurement™

The Pulse Measurement Workflow

The Critical Factors for Business System (ERP+) Investment Success in the Pulse Measurement

Indicative Pulse Measurement Durations

What is a JAR&A Pulse Measurement?

Survival of the fittest – why it makes sense to measure the pulse of your business

Examples of Pulse Measurement Outcomes over 24 years

Sample Pulse Measurement Reports


Strategic Essence: The Missing Link in Business Information Systems

Strategic Essence: Overview

Strategic Essence: Part 1 -- Strategy Defined

Strategic Essence: Part 2 -- Differentiation

Strategic Essence: Part 3 -- The Essence IS Different

Strategic Essence: Part 4 -- The Essence should be the Point of Departure

Strategic Essence: Part 5 -- Discovering Strategic Essence

Strategy -- the Essence of the Business: What is it and how do you develop actionable strategic plans?

Simple Steps to Increase the Strategic Value of your ERP Investment

Free Strategic Snapshot Toolset and Manual

A strategy focused planning system beyond traditional budgeting

Tough IT and ERP Procurement and Contracting that Works

Robust Business Systems Procurement

Part 1 -- Introduction

Part 2 -- Bill of Services, Laboratory, Go-live Certificate, etc

Part 3 -- Executive Engagement, Bid Compliance, Adjudication and other matters

Procurement Documents

Guidance and Advisory Services

The Art of Project Leadership

Why Regular Communication with the CEO is Vital

The Business Simulation Laboratory

Precision Configuration and Strategic Business Information Architecture

Precision Configuration based on Strategic Engineered Precision Taxonomies

The JAR&A Cubic Business Model

Highly Structured Strategic Chart of Accounts -- a Vital Element of your Corporate Information Arsenal

The Product Catalogue -- an Essential Element of any Precision Configuration

Attributes -- answers to the questions you have NOT yet thought to ask

Case Studies of Notably Successful Projects with high value Precision Configuration

092 Doing things differently and better -- ASCO Case Study 2-- BPM Summit 2013

088 Strategic ERP Invesment -- ASCO Case Study -- Service Management Conference and Exhibition Africa

026 Information Architecture and Design of FIS for Rennies Group -- Financial Information Systems Conf

018 CRM Risk Control: Designing and Implementing an Integrated Risk Mgmt Sys -- Integrated Risk Mgmt Conf

011 V3 Consulting Eng: Benefits of MIS to Professional Practice -- SAICE 15th Ann Conf on Computers in Civil Eng

Strategically Enriching your Business Information Systems

Part 1 -- Introduction

Part 2 -- Principles of Data Engineering

Part 3 -- Steps in applying these recommendations

Simple Steps to increase the strategic information value yield from your Business Systems Investment

The Full JAR&A Taxonomy Manual

Part 1: Introduction, Problem Statement, Definitions and Examples

Part 2: Why Use JAR&A, Required Knowledge and Experience, Cubic Business Model and Chart of Accounts and Taxonomy Software

Part 3: How to do it, Case Studies and White Papers and other References

Example General Ledger Manual

Business Process -- Irrelevant, Distracting and Dangerous

The RIGHT Approach

Custom Strategic Software Design and Oversight of Construction

Standards for Custom Software Specification

What IS Software?

IT Effectiveness

Organizing Outlook

Critical Factors for I.T. Success

A Moral and Ethical Dilemma -- Systems that Fail

Case Studies examining Business Information System failures

The BBC Digital Media Initiative Debacle

The Bridgestone -- IBM Conflict

Speaking and Training

Showcase of Conference Presentations

Most Viewed Presentations

Briefings and Seminars

Why your ERP/BIS is NOT delivering and HOW to FIX it

ERP and IT Procurement that Delivers Results

The Critical Factors for IT and ERP Investment Success

Other Seminars

Conferences and Public Presentations

Conferences 80 to 99 -- 2009 to Present

Conferences 60 to 79 -- 2005 to 2009

Conferences 40 to 59 -- 1996 to 2005

Conferences 20 to 39 -- 1994 to 1996

Conferences 01 to 19 -- 1989 to 1994

On-Line Seminars (Webinars)

Webinar on Preparing and Presenting Webinars

Contacting James A Robertson and Associates Limited