Lipstick on a Pig
On Aug 5, 2011, Andrew McAfee opened a public discussion on Google+ by sharing How Apple (unintentionally) revolutionized corporate IT by Aaron Levie.
Greg Lloyd - This may also radically reduce the roll-out time for new corporate capabilities designed to use native Web infrastructure including HTML5, GWT and other technologies that deliver a user experience on par with the public Web.
The same applies to back end services and IT's ability to acquire, deploy, adapt and support back end services more rapidly and effectively.
Contrast aggressive internal awa external use of Web tech and architecture by IT versus the interlocking three, four, or five year update cycles using the MS stack (or others) and update cyles of IT systems that depend on and lag MS by years.
A very highly placed person in government told me: "Traditional IT architecture and practice almost guarantees that any new initiative will be late, grossly over budget, and obsolete before it is delivered.
Forcing change to a Web-like approach from front end mobile and user experience expectations can shift IT back to focus on timely response and business value rather than plumbing.
There is sometimes a tendency for IT to force an inappropriate solution onto the customer merely to make IT's life easier.
An IT department would do well to treat its internal customers as if they where external, paying customers instead.
Greg Lloyd - +Dan Camper I agree.
I believe that the 5-10 year shift in corporate technologies and infrastructure Andy envisions should and will move toward: 1) traditional, transactional "systems of record" - ERP, MRP, Accounting, CAD/
Issues of enterprise wide authentication, secure access, permission aware search spanning "systems of record" and "systems of engagement" at enterprise rather than public Web scale can and have been successfully addressed - at least in early stages.
For thoughts on this shift in IT architecture, see:
July 2010 | Intertwingled Work - Observable work as an activity spanning systems of record
And a step in that direction (Note - I am President and co-founder of Traction Software)
June 2011 | Traction Social Enterprise Web - "Marrying Deep Search and Collaboration"
In this case (and others) it's putting our money where our mouth is, not vice versa.
These are quotes from a public GooglePlus discussion - feel free to join in.
Reinventing the Web on how we got here
Building pleasant and stable islands in a storm-tossed sea on extending the Web
A Circle is not a Space on GooglePlus experiments and notes
Note: The only iStock photo I could find with lipstick on pig used a piggy bank rather than a real porker.