When it comes to enterprise systems, the one common thread running through all of them is their intent to improve enterprise decision making. All of them support disparate processes and cycles. But at the end of the day the bottom line is to improve the quality and time of decision making. The same is true in case of enterprise content management system popularly known as ECM.
In March 2011, RSA – EMC’s security division – sent shockwaves through the industry as it announced a sophisticated cyber-attack on its SecureID system. Theft of unspecified information from SecureID has left marring scars and lot of red faces. But at the same time it has raised a lot of questions for IT industry as a whole.
Prior to the attack, SecureID was a benchmark in two-factor authentication system. But the attack proves that just having a strong security mechanism is not enough. We cannot just deploy a security system and hang up our boots expecting it to take care of everything. We have to be vigilant at all times and keep testing the security of our IT setup. In other words, we need to regularly conduct an IT audit.
Ever heard of the term ‘IT Debt’? All those who have been following Gartner, would have an idea what it means. For all those who are not Gartner fans here is what it means. IT Debt is the cost of maintenance backlog of an enterprise. It’s the cost of upgrading enterprise applications to their latest releases and operating versions. In other words, it’s the cost of bridging the gap between the current state of IT architecture and its ideal state.
Not long ago, Christopher Nolan’s cult movie, Inception, received overwhelming viewership and critical acclaims globally. In the film, the protagonist conditions human mind to incite it and draw out a particular behavior. Inception’s success reflects our fixation with the human mind.
For years now, we have been obsessed with the idea of predicting human behavior. We have developed several disciplines that undertake microscopic analysis of human behavior. And now, we have gone a step further with the social analytic solutions.
We all, at some point of time in our life, would have seen a small note sticking up our refrigerator door. This protruding note is a subtle reminder of a menu or house rules or even a message. But the fact that it is left there hanging grants it maximum visibility. We follow this ‘note on the door’ method in our project management practice.
For us good project management does not only mean doing all the right things. It also means knowing what not to do and abstaining from doing it. We have these dos and don’ts of project management listed out for our project managers. We call this our project management manifesto.