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Law – Is It the Kiss Of Death For Enterprise Technology?
by Sandra Noble, President
Noble & Associates Consulting,
Are you stressed out and having "future shock" because of the speed of
change? Technology is rapidly changing. Some say significant changes
occur every 18 months. Should you despair about the time and cost it
takes to keep up?
I was perusing BPM Strategies magazine and came across the term "applistructure
". Applistructure has to do with the convention of combining enterprise
infrastructure and enterprise business applications. Service-oriented
architecture (SOA) refers to a web centric / web focused approach to
technology. According to the "SOA and Application Infrastructure"
article by Mike Rosen, this applistructure trend was hot a couple of
years ago. Can you relax? Or, as Mr. Rosen suggests, can you take
comfort in knowing that solving management and business process issues
are more critical to enterprise success than the actual technology?
I attended the Atlanta AFCEA (Armed Forces Communications and
Electronics Association) February 2008 meeting. The speaker, Mr. Joe
Capps talked about the subject of moving to enterprise level systems and
procurement processes. Instead of haphazardly developing technology in
an "after the fact" manner, he advocated a more proactive approach - as
in developing a strategy to move toward enterprise infrastructure,
enterprise business applications and enterprise technology in general.
Additionally, a key imperative of the Department of Defense (DoD) is to
change and accelerate the requirement to solution process. What's known
as Moore's Law (based on Gordon Moore's predictions about
semiconductors), says that technology is rapidly changing. Probably
about every 18 months. Where there is a need for the latest technology,
Moore's Law has financial, logistical and feasibility implications. The
government and the DoD are known for red tape and cumbersome processes.
But our country's ability to respond to immediate threats requires
current, accurate information delivered to those needing it in a timely
fashion. He suggested the criticality of providing our war fighters with
decision making data on how to even respond to five guys running down a
street in Iraq. Wow!
Moore's Law has implications in the private sector as well. Large scale
technology projects often take 18 months or more to implement. That time
is in addition to the time required to budget for, select and procure
the software, hardware, and implementation partners. While ERP
(Enterprise Resource Planning), CRM (Customer Relationship Management),
MES (Manufacturing Execution Systems) and the like, may not be obsolete,
there are sure to be upgrades, patches (corrections and fixes to
software problems) and new feature by the time the system is finally
So, what can be done? Knowledgeable consultants with system expertise
can help companies and public sector entities develop a strategy and
select the right software in the first place. Then, the right
implementation partners can accelerate and provide Independent
Verification and Validations (IV&V), project management and governance
throughout the implementation process. If none of these things were in
place or addressed during the course of the technology project, then
you'll probably need the cure for the "Post Implementation Distress"
that is sure to occur.
You're spending millions of dollars for enterprise initiatives. Wouldn't
it be worth spending a small percentage on ensuring that you get what
you paid for? Perhaps you need a technical advocate to help you navigate
through the planning and implementation process.
Need process, change or ROI improvements?
I'd like to invite you to
Sandra Noble MBA, CPIM, DCFS,
CDP, Six Sigma, is president of
Noble & Associates Consulting which specializes in IT Needs Assessments,
RFP creation, unbiased software selection assistance and we're the cure
for Post Implementation Distress™. We also have full life cycle
implementation expertise in SAP, Oracle and other enterprise-wide
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