A few days back, I came across news of a raging storm uprooting some giant oak trees and blocking off traffic for several hours. Initially, I didn’t bat an eyelash or gawk at nature’s fury. But then a very quirky thought came to my mind. I thought ‘how come I have never read about bamboo trees getting uprooted’. The answer was staring right back at me. Bamboo trees survive the worst of storms because of their agility and ability to adapt.
We as enterprises need to be more like bamboo trees and less like oak trees. The more rigid we are in our ways and processes the more likely we are to lose our footing. But if we are open to new technologies, processes, and experiences, we have a far better chance of surviving and thriving.
It’s funny how we end up being part of a historic shift and not realize it. You can have history being created right in front of you and still be unaware of its gravity. You come to terms with it only after its full culmination.
The last time this happened when business processes started migrating to the online platform. Although we did feel the vibe, back then we did not imagine internet to change the way we do business. Granted that we were still exploring the medium but did we really expect it to entirely revamp our business landscape? I don’t think so. However, it did turn out to be a significant phase of our development.
Cloud Computing has been the star of 2010, garnering maximum spotlight and discussion. And why wouldn’t it be? After all, it has lived up to its hype till now. And now the thought leadership seems to have focused its attention on the next generation business intelligence (BI) applications and solutions harnessing the cloud platform.
Today, there is an increasing trend of companies showing interest in renting information rather than creating and owning it. Thus, we have service oriented architectures like Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) driving BI strategies.