Haven't been blogging much in the last couple of months, now its time to get back on the horse. As a first post below are a few topics that have been top of mind based on some really interesting conversations that I have had in the recent past. Over the next couple of months I am going to delve into these topics in greater detail.
Transformative IT – Internal IT innovation / value addition and providing a revenue stream / business model (Big Data, Analytics, IT as game changer)
Aggregating telematics information from their product in the field and taking this information and providing analytics to the different departments within the company and also providing that information to the customers also as a service . Armed with this information the customers are able to run their business more efficiently to start with but I believe the information can be leveraged by the customers to fundamentally rethink their business model.
Business intelligence roadmap (Business Intelligence)
Another scenario an organization has basic BI solution in place and they are in the process of upgrading their ERP and are rolling out the ERP to other geographies. But in the meantime they have a distributed BI environment. But the big question they are faced with how do they put an effective analytical pattern in place for the future. What are the products , solutions, technologies they must plan to be using. What gives them the biggest bang for their buck.
IT application mess - Where do I start? Need to reduce cost
Another organization which has grown through acquisitions has a myriad of small / mid sized ERP’s + other systems and the recession came along and business crashed / halted. But now the business wants more support from IT to enable the process of recovery but doesn’t have any additional budget to spend,so they need to have savings from their current IT budget to be able to fund some of the initiatives that they would like to do to support the business.
This is a common story implementations that are overrun by months more likely years with costs that are much much over budget and most importantly not being perceived as value adding to the business or worse being irrelevant. And this is specifically true given the amount of innovation we are seeing in the solution market place. Once the blame game starts its all over the place, but I think we need to fundamentally rethink how these implementations are being done – Time to rethink the implementation methodology. And this particularly true for business intelligence or analytic pattern applications.
IT Services industry time to reimagine
Its going to be time of transition for the IT Services industry, Was recently reading about Infosys’s version 3.0 - third of Infosys's revenues coming from products and so-called platforms, up from the current eight per cent. Version 1.0 was the time of the global delivery model that took six to seven years to get there. Infosys 2.0, where they brought down application, development and maintenance from 90 per cent to 30 per cent of our revenues lasted about 11 years. This is going to get interesting.
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