To avoid the risks and seize the opportunities, to actually execute on a strategy, firms must marshal this tsunami of information, filter the signals from the noise, and feed it into the appropriate corners of the organization where it can be acted upon. The organization must be so designed as to act appropriately, in concert with the firms strategy, and in a cost-effective and profit-minded way.
Any organization can stay busy, caught up in its rituals and grandfathered processes, but action not directed at meeting the needs of a customer so effectively and effectively that a profit results is activity that benefits the competition. Technology will do the work. Dollars will measure the result. And it is here that the green eye shades and the pocket protectors will find common ground.
These workaday management tasks constitute an agenda that can replace the petty annoyances and misunderstandings that easily distract the CFO and CIO as they approach common concerns from different backgrounds and with different points of view. Leading companies have figured this out. And if you havent, you might be wise to wonder if your competitors have.
Faisal Hoque is the founder and CEO of of BTM Corporation. A former senior executive at GE and other multi-nationals, Faisal is an internationally known entrepreneur and thought leader. He has written five management books, established a non-profit institute, The BTM Institute, and become a leading authority on the issue of effective interaction between business and technology. BTM Corporation innovates new business models and enhances financial performance by converging business and technology with its unique products and intellectual property.