Mark McDonald over at Garter had a blog post titled: An IT Renaissance is the last thing we need. We need IT Enlightenment that got me thinking… In the post he states that:
“The Enlightenment was fundamentally about discovering the natural sciences and laying the foundation for modern society and science.”
When we think about the needs of future businesses to reduce the time to action, the IT systems will involve some fundamental shifts. All too often organizations look at the problem from the perspective of their existing tooling. The old adage “When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail” comes to mind. Yet there are many disruptive increases in capability.
Some of the ideas in the post like “Evolve the ‘science of management and business’ in a degree similar to the evolution of natural science that happened during the first Enlightenment.” Made me think about the application of automation and attention engineering to change where and how we apply the human resources. The optimization of automation and attention will shift the whole approach to “management”.
His thoughts on “Value becoming an operational reality” align with the view that in an information rich organization, value can move from an abstract concept that is felt to something that is measured and optimized. The new computing environments available can enable that kind of conceptual shift.
As I have mentioned in the past (at least 5 years ago) “context is king”. There may be more value in the context the data describes than in the raw data itself. This meta-data view will also shift the perspective of decision making. Social computing approaches are ripe with this fruit and yet most enterprises have barely started to harvest it.
As one of the comments to Mark’s post states – we need to question everything. Just because it has always worked, does not mean that it is the approach for the future. On the other hand, there are some foundational elements that we can rely upon. Have expectations, measure against them and then adjust accordingly.
Recently HP embarked on an ambitious effort to develop a number of ebooks that describe and discuss about the technical world of 2020, with an accompanying website. Whenever I get a chance, I’ve been putting my 2¢ into the discussion. You can contribute your perspective as well, on how you think the enterprise technology relationship will change.
The introductory ebook for the 2020 project is already available. The project as a whole is described as an effort:
“To imagine the future of the enterprise, we need to understand the forces that are transforming our world and the technological innovations that are shaping the future. In what new and unexpected ways will technology work for us?” Read more
It has been a busy week for me here so I've not had much chance to think about blogging...
I did come across a post on the HP solutions site titled: The six best enterprise technology strategies to get ahead in a slow economy. This topic of IT's role preparing for a new future is something I've touched on many times in this blog.
The six strategies are:
1) Innovate at urgent speed
2) Partner up and improve efficiency
3) Involve your constituents or customers
4) Manage your supply chain
5) Change the cost equation
6) Evaluate tactical spending vs. risk
That thought process is also core to the Instant-On Enterprise materials elsewhere. During a downturn can be a good time to start a business, it is also a good time to plan for the ramp up that will hopefully, eventually arrive.