Start with outcomes the users want and work back from that, then? Microsoft is famous for jamming a zillion features into Windows and Office when the 80/20 rule applies - 80% of users use only 20% of the features. Make sense? You could strip out at least 60% of the features in these two platforms and I'd never know they were gone!
Raf, you are too cool. Charles Barkley used to go to my health club in Scottsdale, AZ. Is that cool or what? Of course, Barkley is also famous for saying "I was misquoted" after he was called on a line in his very own autobiography (called "Outrageous" BTW--and, no, you can't have my autographed copy that is a bit watermarked from the jacuzzi steam). Too funny. But seriously, Paul's IT is like salad dressing post is here http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/paulm/it-salad-dressing-sometimes-you-need-shake-it for any ECF reader who are interested.
Multi sourcing and how to manage it is a very hot topic. And not one with easy answers.
Sesame Workshop CTO Noah Broadwater talks about balancing the needs of mobile BYOD-crazed end users with the security and other needs of the enterprise. The cop-like "protect and serve" motto really fits!
Last week I was interacting with a number of technologists where we were discussing the need for organizations to be more agile and the implications this may have on an organization’s architecture efforts in general and enterprise architecture in particular.
The same pressures shifting the needs of the business are present where business and technology meet and should affect the creation and use of architecture work products. Much can be learned from what’s happening in the agile development space, and applied to architecture:
Since the first of the year, I’ve been giving a presentation on embracing technical trends for organizations – what strategists need to think about to address the needs of their organizations. At the end of the material, I include a summary of takeaway points. Since I haven’t posted anything to this site for a while, I thought I’d share them and see what kind of reaction develops:
This week I was working on a presentation for the ISSIP Service Futures SIG titled: Service Futures and Drivers of Change. Part of the presentation included a discussion of megatrends – the industry independent trends that will shape our lives in the future and their effect on business decision making.
Last month, I attended the MIT CIO Symposium focused on the transformational CIO. At the event I ran into John Dodge (of this site). John said I hadn’t posted much recently so I thought I’d pass along a brief summary of the panels I attended:
I was in a discussion the other day about the state of automation and IT. We started talking using a quadrant chart (much favored by consulting organizations today), that had an axis for data and one for process that looked something like this.