Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Enterprise Reprogramming

I found an interview of a Satyam Senior VP listed on LinkedIn relatively interesting (link below).

This senior VP talks about how Satyam and the IT industry is responding to new challenges.

One thing that stands out to me is the statement that they are moving from services to solutions. They make the implication that they are rebuilding or reprogramming businesses at the workflow / process level. They appear to be successfully applying technology build-out as a commodity service while implementing their solutions... Sounds like they're treating the enterprise as a sort of programmable platform, like SOA / BPM on a grand scale.

From the article:
"A solutions provider transforms business. The difference in business will happen when we change those business processes as well. That is where we are bringing in business transformation solutions — process optimisation, process reengineering, etc. "

My intuition doesn't quite square with Satyam's vision.

Lots of things have been pointing towards more innovation in the top layers of applications, built on a very stable technology base. To me, it still feels like there's an unspoken motivation for that: business leadership wants IT folks to make ruggedized app dev tools and hand them over to power users (and/or process owners). Business leaders want IT to get the C# off their business processes.

All of that is sorta where I started cooking up the hypothesis of metaware from.

I'm curious to know how Satyam's vision is really working. I guess we'll know in a few years.

‘Moving towards IP-led revenues’
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