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Symposium News: Pattern-Based Strategy front and center

by Andrew White  |  October 20, 2009  |  Comments Off on Symposium News: Pattern-Based Strategy front and center

Busy day – spoke on “Cracking the code for MDM” to a packed room; and helped with two workshops.  They Key note was really, really good this year. Gartner is taking a much more forward looking view of IT, and some of the themes presented were firmly oriented in the business use of IT (which is great news).  Pattern-Based Strategy™ was introduced in summary form, after speakers had explained the value and need for organizations to identify weak patterns.  The bottom line with Pattern-Based Strategy is that organizations have moved beyond “too much data”, and is now drowning in “too much information”.  The next level of dominant discipline with be the management and exploitation of “patterns in the information”.  This does not mean, more BI, or more data mining: it means enabling users across the business to spot weak patterns that others have ignored (for whatever reason) such that the organization benefits from this action.  So insight, and action, are part of Pattern-Base Strategy.

Anecdotal dialog with attendees threw up contrasting views regarding attendance and general content.  A few attendees commented on the apparent fall off in numbers of “practitioners”; real users that do stuff.  Several users wanted to find like minded and situated users to share war stories and gain tips and tricks on how to proceed with large, ERP projects.  Despite the huge increase on hands-on workshops, more of the attendees were higher level (CIO and direct reports) and so it seemed to some folks that there were more decision makers and less “doers”.  Another few comments hinted at the “can’t Gartner be more business oriented?  I need it brought down (or brought up?) to my level.  This is just too detailed”.  Interesting how the same material can be seen from two contrasting views.  I guess it depends on who you are and where you are coming from.

I helped with one workshop on Cost Optimizing your ERP Operation; and another on Business Process Improvement with Top Processes and KPIs.  Both workshops were designed to facilitate attendee dialog and to help them explore ways to get more money out of their IT investment.  The first workshop provided a framework to look at how packaged applications (like ERP, SCM, CRM, PLM, Procurement, etc) are operated, and how IT could look for ways of standardizing and simplifying operations.  The second workshop challenged users to identify if they, or their business partners, had clear visibility into key, or top business processes, that drove their business, and what KPIs were used to monitor their effectiveness.  I think we toot as much feedback from the attendees as they took from us!  It was a great two sessions.  I look forward to more workshops in the future.

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Andrew White
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Andrew White is a Distinguished Analyst and VP. His roles include Chief of Research and Content Lead for Data and Analytics. His main research focus is data and analytics strategy, platforms, and governance. Read Full Bio

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