Not satisfied - Only 47% of workers are satisfied with the speed at which their businesses’ tech departments adopt new technology.The number is from a new report by the research firm Gartner and it’s an average across the medium and large companies surveyed.On average, the tech pros said that 32% of workers in their companies thought that the IT department moved too slowly. These are the people who want to use online software, collaboration tools, iPhones and other new technologies that IT often outlaws. Gartner makes the case that some dissatisfaction is good: All but the oldest technologies are still works in progress, and if no one feels disrupted then the tech department probably isn’t pushing the envelope enough. The people Gartner suggests upsetting, however, are the people who think that the tech department is moving too quickly – about 21% of workers now, according to the IT pros surveyed
OBIEE On IPhone - Chris Claterbos from Vlamis has picked up on the story that one of the first official iPhone apps is a front-end for Oracle BI Enterprise Edition. The App Store hasn’t gone live over here yet, but apparently one of the first applications you can download (and for free) is a viewer application for Oracle BI Answers.According to Chris, “The new applications leverage the SOA capabilities and Oracle Business Intelligence Web Services available in Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition Pluss (OBIEE). The new apps will be available today for FREE from the Apple appstore. These applications will run on iPhone (original), iPhone 3G (available tomorrow) and iTouch using the new version 2.0 software.”
Consistent Innovation - There is a fascinating article in this month’s Harvard Business Review entitled Investing in the IT That Makes A Competitive Difference that discusses how “internet and enterprise IT are now accelerating competition.” As processes become more digitized within enterprise IT, they can be propagated more quickly across the organization. Companies that select the right operating model to digitize, embody the processes within enterprise IT, deploy the solution consistently throughout the enterprise, and then continuously leverage the platform for further innovation and propagation will lead their industries.
You can support your company’s competitive imperative by becoming a key agent in your company’s innovation engine. You don’t need to be a technologist, but you do need to be an expert on your business processes, data, and technology systems that run your business. To do so, make sure that you:
• Understand your company’s operating model and the processes that need to be consistent across the enterprise to drive competitive success (e.g., market to sell, lead to order, quote to cash, etc.)
• Commit to relying on your enterprise systems to get what you need (rather than demanding customizations or building stand alone systems)
• Know the configuration options inherent in the enterprise systems that can be leveraged for experimentation (e.g., report writers, data extract, process scripts, screen “painters”, table driven logic)
• Champion experimentation with full transparency and discipline regarding success measurements
Alternatively, IT needs to foster the capability of “consistent innovation” by:
• Working with the business to identify the operating model and the implications regarding process, data and technology
• Ensuring that “tight but loose” decision rights are rigorously defined to ensure consistency but prescribe where innovation can occur within the defined boundaries
• Architecting and delivering technology that ensures consistency AND promotes innovation and change. It’s relatively easy to build systems to perform tasks in a prescribed manner by people in static roles. But it’s much more difficult to design and deliver systems that are configurable in terms of inputs, process, and outputs and where the authority to access and make modifications are encoded in logic that ensures compliance to enterprise decision rights (e.g., a system that allows vendors to be hired at the local level and held to common quality standards may need to support a mix of national and local vendors and market based quality measures at some time in the future.)
Fortune 500, Indian Industry - India is seen as an emerging economy having registered impressive growth rates for over a decade. The services sector has been doing very well and manufacturing has not performed poorly. What must come as a sobering thought to a nation of a billion people is that the latest Fortune 500 list has just 7 Indian companies. Of these, five are state owned – four in the petroleum sector that is showing high revenues thanks to oil being on the boil and one bank. Only two companies are in the private sector – Reliance Industries and Tata Steel.
Cloud Computings Impact on BI/DWH - How will the Cloud Computing change BI and Data Warehousing? In theory, it should be much easier to get a system up an running. This is the same reason why the data warehouse appliance is so compelling. Give me a box, let me plug it in and load my data, and off I go to do the work I really need to do. The idea of Cloud Computing is even easier. This is the CPU power/storage that I need, where do I load my data, and off I go to do the work I really need to do.