Gartner 2011 – episode 3
Thursday, November 10, 2011 by
Worldwide there are about 50 billion devices connected to the internet and it's predicted to rise to somewhere near 200 billion in the coming years. Mind you there are about 7 billion people on this planet. There is about 15 petabyte of new information daily on the internet and our digital memory is reflected by around 100 billion searches monthly. Listening to the major business, technology and social trends, the statement which alerted me most was 'if you focus on technology only, you miss the point'. We don't because in addition to passion for technology, we – as a company – stand for passion for solutions and customers.
Customers expect 'more' from their suppliers in their quest for enterprise agility - they expect to be challenged on all aspects from (development) process optimization to innovation. There were, of course, lot's of talks about sourcing, agile and enterprise architecture, the last one a bit of a red thread in balancing between agility and stability. Pace layering application landscape and designing the appropriate way of working for each layer was a bit of an eye-opener for me - just a simple logistical principle: don't mix things with different dynamics. Sounds rather simple, the agile way of working fits best with the most dynamic layers of applications and waterfall fits best with long-lasting not so dynamic applications. In this perspective, working with methodologies like Scrum also demands for well–established governance not only between scrum projects themselves but also with waterfall projects. You can imagine that overall governance including distributed teams and outsourced responsibilities is not a simple thing. And outsourcing and nearshoring is something inevitable according to Gartner not only for competitiveness but also for in–depth specialized knowledge. So let's radiate the passion and challenge our customers!