Of "aha!" moments and expert integrated systems
Delaney Turner 270003RQ8K Delaney.Turner@ca.ibm.com | | Tags:  ibmsoftware
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Yesterday I wrote about the importance of perspective and context in helping us understand the new. Essentially, the more varied the perspectives we can bring to a situation, the better our understanding of the challenges at hand and the more effective the solutions we devise to solve them.
Happily, I'm not the only one who thinks along these lines.
Another is IBMer Marcela Adan. Marcela is a 33-year IT veteran whose career spans development, consulting, tech support, skills transfer and product management. Ostensibly a post about today's news of new IBM expert integrated systems, Marcela focuses on the importance of the "aha!" moment she experienced working on a life sciences project more than 10 years ago. It was a complex project that brought together IBMers with expertise in a wide range of technical and scientific skills - a wide variety of perspectives, in other words - to improve outcomes in a client she'd never worked for before. Each team member's CV was no doubt impressive; yet Marcela's "aha!" moment came the moment she realized the project would only succeed if the team put its collective skills together in an entirely new way.
This time, the client was in a very different business: human life. Maybe that is the reason why the lessons learned in this project hit me so hard. As humans, we all can relate to the importance of events that affect our quality of life.
The second post is by IBMer Simon Hodkin. He's also writing about expert integrated systems and again the issue of perspective comes up. This time, though, it's the ever-present, ever-shifting dynamic between IT and business users when it comes time to technology buying cycle. Anyone who's been in this situation knows the process seems simple, but as Hodkin explains, it's anything but. In the end, there is no size that will fit all:
If it helps, the functional requirements are largely IT-dictated while the non-functional requirements are more directed by business-value. These days, having to do more with less, turning into a service-oriented organization and responding to the needs of the business are all common themes. This is a practical area where you as an IT professional can start to make a difference to your business.
As the challenges we face on our planet grow increasingly complex and increasingly interconnected, so will their solutions call for an increasingly sophisticated combination of diverse skills and experience. We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking that created them. In ushering the world toward a new era of expert integrated systems, IBM brings its decades of experience in each of those words for a powerful solution. On April 11 IBM begins this new era. Care to witness?