Radically Simple IT
By designing and deploying enterprise systems in a different way, Japanâ€™s Shinsei Bank turned IT from a constraint into a launchpad for growth.
Enterprise IT projectsâ€”both custom and packaged â€œone size fits mostâ€ systemsâ€”continue to be a major headache for business leaders. The fundamental problem with these systems is that for the most part, theyâ€™re constructed using what programmer and open source champion Eric Raymond dubbed a cathedral approach. Like the great edifices that Europeans erected in the Middle Ages, enterprise IT projects are costly, take a great deal of time, and deliver value only when the project is completed. In the end, they yield systems that are inflexible and cement companies into functioning the way their businesses worked several years ago, when the project started. Despite recent improvements in the flexibility of packaged software, companies often find it exorbitantly expensive and difficult to modify their enterprise systems in order to exploit new business opportunities.