Traditional BI projects sacrifice flexibility and agility for security and operational efficiency. New solutions often save money but just throwing the problem over the wall to the business which creates a wild-west style of self-service and results in an incredible amount of risk. Can you say ‘expensive Mars dust’ or ‘2008 financial crisis’?
So the question becomes - how do we go about delivering on the IT promise while not killing innovation?
We need to start with the idea of innovation at the core of our thinking. Our job as IT professionals is to give the users the freedom to innovate while keeping them safe. For me this means:
Technology that supports this collaborative style of creation is important for sure. However, I believe that it is much more important to focus on the people and our relationships.
Face it, anyone reading or writing on this blog is probably more than just a little bit geeky. We often get ourselves too wrapped up in the cool technology when at the end of the day, it really is all about the people – our business users, our partners and our customers. So – slow down – forget about the tools and technology for a while and focus on what you are doing to build relationships. Throwing more technology and money at the NASA Mars Climate Orbiter wouldn’t have changed the outcome. But maybe a more interaction between the teams might have.