In 2006 I’ve read an article about the stillness guru ‘Eckhart Tolle’ in the Dutch magazine ‘Happinezz’.
A lot has changed for me since that article, especially in the world of business.
Besides the confirmation of what I already discovered in life by myself, Eckhart Tolle brings a sort of new framework in his messages. It reveals not only how to live balanced as an individual but also how current businesses are encountering a new era.
Business as usual is no more, we are shifting personally towards internally motivated ways of working, while businesses (which are also humans doing things) are trying to keep things as they are.
This is a huge conflict which you can see everywhere,and often even within the same individually.
Internally a lot of us already know very clearly that things should change, but when we ‘need to go to work’ we start to neglect these internal messages again and keep on acting on the old consciousness, creating more suffering.
When you work on the abstract level of information like myself, you will encounter this sooner or later.
And when you open the box called ‘world of the information systems’ you will see very complex structures that tries to keep up with the developments of the world. But when you look closely enough you could discover that the information framework is not working or even not there. The cost of this imbalance is enormous, billions are spent, trying to create better systems.
There are currently too much dependencies or in other words ‘low coupling’ is absent, which are both essential values to create successful systems (look at your car, you are relatively independent in that system)
But when it comes to information systems it’s too often clutter and a mess of systems trying to share information, but unfortunately too often divided by so called ego- or self centric interests.
In my work I guide brave people like members of the board, innovative managers and entrepreneurs towards fully integrated information systems based in the new values of this time. Information systems that really rock and are able to adapt to the so needed change.
We formulate strategies together and create new systems with new values to bend the current affairs towards an united organization that will make the shift and survive these vibrant times.
In the current market there is a lot of attention for data visualization. I would like to address a number of views on this trend.
We're grabbing back to data.
In these economically volatile times we're inclined to fall back to the ' things we know' which is grabbing back to data in this case. Why is this a step back? According to the stacked NIST architecture model that we use a lot, there is a lot more to be concerned about on top of the 'data layer'. But it seems that the collective is leaving out that part of the model into data usage. Leaving all opportunities and intelligence on top of the data layer untouched.
Individually in organizations there are of-course enough people who care more or less about the other layers but the massive part of the attention of the collective is moving downwards. We can see this happening in the profiles that companies attract for new jobs. like 'information & database manager' which is a very rare inquiry.
Small step forward
Big data is in some way a step forward, because when the data is visualized well, then a small porthole appears towards the upper layer of the model. This is called a vertical view.
The big move
With all this focus on data, the opportunities in the horizontal focus needs extra attention.
With this vertical (data) view a dehumanization of the systems takes place. People are excluded. Management think they are smart about knowing people's behavior without actually involving them but mining data from them.
The big move will take place when this trend is fulfilled and the focus on information in the horizontal view grows.
Billions to be earned, horizontally
We have encountered a case where the cost of labor and money due to old processes grew up to 250 million by just one governmental software environment, which we cleaned and redesigned into a new environment.
Extrapolate this cost over the rest of the governmental software machine and it becomes clear that a huge opportunity is missed by focusing only on one bit of data.
Man in the mirror
It can be hard to look to the man the mirror but i'm sure that its inevitable too. We have to clean up the enormous amount of redundant processes. With that and the design of a new clean environment to 'agile-ize' the information systems. When we start to adopt Enterprise Information Management, which is more than capable of doing that, the world will change into more balanced and human environment.
Often enough I encounter requests for professionals in the software industry where the required expertise is very specific. A candidate needs to know exactly that system or that method otherwise they will be excluded.
What I see in this is that this not only gives a narrow selection but black box thinking is also very easily overlooked. As I derived from my study Information Engineering there is the possibility to manage information systems without the need to know the content INSIDE a message. It just goes from A to B. I do this for myself throughout the last 11 years now for enterprise organizations and it works well.
Information Engineers and other disciplines as well are able to operate system/market independently through the black box methodology. There is a huge opportunity for those who understand this principle when u are open for this in your assignment.
I can see that in this time we 'grab and hold-on' to 'know principles' and black box might sounds scary, but you'll get a much more skilled professional with a wider view who can address multiple solutions to enhance your business.
Since 1998 Michiel has worked on Information systems & Management. He is currently active as an Entrepeneur in www.seelt.com and www.gvar.nl