It sounds like this effort cleaned up some serious inefficiencies. Bryant, can you you give us more details on the project, timeframes, technology used etc. Any cloud aspects to streamlining these business processes?
Academics who push agility over strategy don't have to worry about "cost justify(ing) the benefits of their IT investments, adhere(ing) to corporate and external compliance requirements, design(ing) and develop(ing) systems that provide a unique proposition and add to competitive advantage, operate(ing) services that never go down, and manage(ing) risk..."
But it seems some resources should be charged with quick development and deployment.
How many companies still primarily do large scale IT projects v. lots of small projects and SaaS?
Are you saying agility doesn't matter (devil's advocate...I know)? With users demanding quicker responses and going off on their own, agility would seem a no brainer. I was also wondering if you were suggesting that agility means more projects fail faster....
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