Month: August 2010

Social Network & Self

Original thinking skills are fading since the emphasis on collaboration and consensus building gaining momentum through social networking technologies. Sub consciously, the thoughts, opinions and decisions are influenced by the imaginary social networks. Social networks will lead to more group thinking and limits individual authentic thoughts. There is no flaw in this approach for rapid growth however limits deep thinking for sustainable personal growth.  Social networks brings common sense to common people which lacked for decades but limits ingenuity to understand the self.

The future of the history will be “Finally, humans became social animals”

Do you need Model T technology landscape?

We don’t take our skies when we go for biking and we don’t take our bikes when we go skiing.  It sounds very simple and intuitive. What would you take if you are planning to go to vacation to a planet Boron ( I made it up and the planet is made of element Boron) in a 4th parallel universe (some time in the future we may prove ourself  there are parallel universes)?

Since no body has visited planet Boron, you may take your skies or bikes  or  ski jet or new toys or all of them.  Again, it sounds simple and intuitive.   The same simple and intuitive concept applies to technology landscape. When you have clear direction on  business and IT strategies , it is straight forward to pack your technology landscape  for your business venture.  If the business/IT  strategy is not clearly defined,  it is better to have multiple options in your technology landscape.

Let us say, the business strategy of a captive finance company is to support the parent automotive company to promote the product sale through financial services to dealers and consumer. Assume that the IT strategy of the captive finance is to simplify IT landscape, reduce cost, be agile and be efficient.  In the highest level, business and IT strategy are clearly defined. For this instance, the Model T technology landscape is very suitable. Let us say the made up business & IT strategies apply to companies like BWM Finance, Daimler Finance, Toyoto Financial and etc.  They requires Model T technology landscape.

Model T –  Technology Landscape:

Build all application landscape based on one technology platform. One technology platform that supports multiple fronts like web application, desktop, desktop, virtualization, database, operating system, middle ware, collaboration, enterprise applications, backend systems. The technology platform which support all fronts is Microsoft platform. Develop every thing on Microsoft platform. It means, there is no mainframe, no Unix (- HP-Ux, SUN, AIX) , no AS/400, no Linux, no open source. End to end technology will be under one platform. It will provide significant cost advantage and  efficient from operation stand point. Microsoft platform is just an example for Model T – Technology landscape. It could be OpenSource, IBM (no desktop option), Oracle (no desktop option), AS/400 (no desktop option), Z/OS (no desktop option).  The risk is, if the platform provider changes their strategy or go under, it posses significant risk to the organization. At the same time, probability of risk becoming an issue in next 5-10 years is very low for company like Microsoft.

Model Perp – Technology Landscape

Perp is a math symbol looks like inverted ‘T’. Model perp is opposite of Model T. When the business strategy and IT strategy can’t be clearly defined for any unforeseen reasons, then model Perp is more suitable. Model Perp is to have combination of platforms in your technology landscape. It includes but not limited to open source, Microsoft platform, Enterprise resource planning software, cloud based solution, ASP, enterprise platform – Mainframe, AS/400 and etc. The risk is lower, cost is higher (cost of MIPS for mainframe is higher than cost of Intel processor to run Windows or Linux) and flexibility is higher.

If you are getting ready for your trip to planet boron in your organization, select Model Perp technology landscape. If you are getting ready to Denver for a skiing trip during x-mas holidays, just pack your Model T skies and forget your bike.

Are you asking the right question?

My boy asked me, who is the parent of the big bang? I replied to my son that, nobody knows.  After few hours, I realized, is it true that no body knows? or is it true that somebody knows, but we don’t know who that is?

After few more hours, I realized, I almost encountered this kind of question at work every day in last few months. I’m responsible to implement few enterprise projects at work and due to laser focus to implement those projects, for the first time,  I found no time to blog in last few months since I started blogging. For some of those  enterprise projects, I have been having status  call every day for last few months. In those calls, I had various stakeholders including my team, existing hosting provider, new hosting provider, technology provider, solution provider and etc. In those conference calls, we discussed about  few technical problems, issues, challenges and at few instance, we discussed few items which were show stopper to the project.

The same questions occurred to me in those calls, is it true that no body in the call does not know the solution? Or is it true that some body knows the solution but I don’t know who that is? When there were twenty technical experts on the conference call, and there was no solution for a technical problem then I started asking the following question:

  • Are we asking the right questions?
  • Do we have the right person?
  • Are we asking the right question to the right person?

I asked these questions to myself and changed the direction of conversation in the conference call and there was an instance where I was told that there was zero probability to solve a technical problem in next 10-15 business days which was a show stopper of the project but the problem was fully solved, validated and verified before end of the one hour conference call.

Bottom line is,  are we asking the right questions?