Why You Need Smart Enough Systems (Digital Short Cut) [NOOK Book]

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It is commonly believed that the computer-based systems most organizations rely on to support their businesses are not very smart. Many of the business decisions these companies make tend to be hidden in systems that make poor decisions, or don't make them at all. Further, most systems aren't configured to learn from the past and therefore struggle to keep up with the pace of change. While many organizations believe the answer is to...

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Why You Need Smart Enough Systems (Digital Short Cut)

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Overview

This is the eBook version of the printed book.

It is commonly believed that the computer-based systems most organizations rely on to support their businesses are not very smart. Many of the business decisions these companies make tend to be hidden in systems that make poor decisions, or don't make them at all. Further, most systems aren't configured to learn from the past and therefore struggle to keep up with the pace of change. While many organizations believe the answer is to implement newer, "intelligent" systems, the fact is that much of today's existing technology has the potential to be "smart enough" to make a big difference to an organization's business.

This digital Short Cut lays out a cry for systems that are smart enough to help companies survive and thrive in the world as it is today. Showing how the neglect of operational decisions prevents effective implementation of strategy and describing the characteristics of effective operational decision-making, the Short Cut establishes the role of operational decisions. The characteristics of the smart enough systems modern business needs are explained, and the absolute requirement for a new approach is outlined.

This Short Cut is a reproduction of the “Smart Enough Systems Manifesto” and “Why You Need Smart Enough Systems” chapters from the book.

This Short Cut should be of interest to software and business professionals. In particular, it will be of value to those managing information systems and application development projects in defining the goals they should have in building better systems, and to business owners who are frustrated by their current systems but cannot articulate how or why to change things.

Contents

The “Smart Enough Systems” Manifesto

Operational Decisions Are Important

Operational Decisions Can and Should Be Automated

Taking Control of Decisions is Increasingly a Source of Competitive Advantage

The Need for Smart Enough Systems

The Importance of Operational Decisions

Strategy Drives Decision-making

Strategy Is Not Static

Operational Decisions Matter

Operational Decisions Are Under Pressure

Operational Decision-Making as a Corporate Asset

Characteristics of Operational Decisions

Characteristics of Corporate Assets

Introducing Smart Enough Systems

Characteristics of Smart Enough Systems

Current Approaches Fail

Decision Management Is Required

Introducing Smart Enough Logistics

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780132713115
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • Publication date: 6/12/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 46
  • File size: 1,016 KB

Meet the Author

James Taylor is a VP at Fair Isaac Corporation where he has been developing the themes of Enterprise Decision Management for the past several years. He has seen many systems that are smarter than most, and the value that this brings to companies as well as the technologies and approaches that make them possible. James writes many articles and frequently presents at trade shows and conferences. He writes a popular blog at edmblog.com and has contributed chapters to “The Business Rules Revolution” (Happy About, 2006) and “Business Intelligence Implementation: Issues and Perspectives” (ICFAI University Press, 2006).

Neil Raden is the president and founder of Hired Brains (hiredbrains.com), a firm offering research and analysis services to technology providers, as well as consulting and implementation services in Business Intelligence/Analytics, Information Integration, and Semantic Technology throughout North America and Europe. Neil began his career as a casualty actuary with AIG in New York before moving into software engineering, consulting and industry analysis, with experience in the application of information technology to business processes from fields as diverse as health care to nuclear waste management to cosmetics marketing. The recurrent theme in his work is the transformative effect of rationally devised information systems for people. A popular speaker, his articles appear in industry magazines and he has authored dozens of sponsored white papers for vendors and other organizations.

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Table of Contents

The “Smart Enough Systems” Manifesto

Operational Decisions Are Important

Operational Decisions Can and Should Be Automated

Taking Control of Decisions is Increasingly a Source of Competitive Advantage

The Need for Smart Enough Systems

The Importance of Operational Decisions

Strategy Drives Decision-making

Strategy Is Not Static

Operational Decisions Matter

Operational Decisions Are Under Pressure

Operational Decision-Making as a Corporate Asset

Characteristics of Operational Decisions

Characteristics of Corporate Assets

Introducing Smart Enough Systems

Characteristics of Smart Enough Systems

Current Approaches Fail

Decision Management Is Required

Introducing Smart Enough Logistics

Read More Show Less

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