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Article: We Need to Create Information System Ratings

by Jean-Jacques Dubray on Mar 09, 2009 |

Pierre Bonnet is the founder of the "Sustainable IT Architecture" (*) and "MDM Alliance" communities and co-author of the book "Sustainable IT Architecture" (now available in English).

In light of the current financial crisis, Pierre provides his answer to the question:

Why an organization can loose the control of its operations so quickly and with such magnitude, undetected?

First he observes that:

an organization operates in a highly complex environment at a speed higher than its ability to measure the reality of its operations

and explains:

The complexity of [the] products indexed on the opacity of the information systems that support their operations makes it nearly impossible to evaluate and refine the risks with enough precision.

He adds that this problem is compounded by IT's leadership:

Too often, the Chief Information Officer has become the Chief Information System Officer. Then he or she resigned from this mundane role to focus exclusively on the company strategy...Executives seem content when IT costs less as long as the key operational metrics are green.

His proposes that:

The CIO must return to his role of Chief Information Officer and once more focus on Information Technology;

  • Put the value of the technology and application portfolio at the center by enabling IT assets to align with business capabilities.
  • Focus on the management of core IT assets such as master data, business rules and business processes (ACMS)
  • Establish a ranking of the information systems themselves by defining a metric that expresses the confidence of audits.

In the second part of the article, Pierre provides an approach to deploy an Agility Chain Management System (ACMS).

In 2009, Pierre will launch an initiative that aims at defining guidelines to rate information systems as he sees this metric as a key governance indicator.

(*) Members of the Sustainable IT Architecture community include: Agile Solutions, Atos Origin, Awa Consulting, Axiad Conseil, Information Builders, Genicorp, ILOG, Informatica, Khiplus, Logica, Micropole Univers, Objecteering, Orchestra Networks, Praxeme Institute, Progress Software, Software AG, Softcomputing, Softeam, Sun…

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I REALLY hope policy-makers understand you! by McGee Steve

You have clearly presented the case here. Unfortunately, we as an audience will not have much leverage to ensure the right 'national management' is enacted to deal with the issues you outlined.

I hope that the content, including the conclusions, can be simplified in a presentation format that members of Congress and Executive Branch staff can understand.

I think an 'IT Solution' to the 'Wall Street Problem' may be an easy sell in this administration....

Question and Answer by Leo Gan

I must agree with the question. "how can we increase the awareness of this situation?"
To me the answer is not in the models but in persons.

Could we change B.Gates or S.Jobs with model? Absolutelu NO. The problem is the awareness should be in the right hands. And only in small numbers of hands to be fast and effective.

Models in computers are only models. Models in brains -> doing the work.

Re: Question and Answer by john mish

We as an audience will not have much leverage to ensure the right 'national management' is enacted to deal with the issues you outlined. I hope that the content, including the conclusions, can be simplified in a presentation format that members of Congress and Executive Branch staff can understand.
Mish - club penguin

Re: Question and Answer by andy k

I hope that content, including the findings can be simplified into a format that members of Congress and the executive staff can understand. andy from Microsoft Points free

Re: Question and Answer by Pierre Bonnet

Hi Andy,
I am Pierre Bonnet, founder of the Sustainable IT Architecture. Since this article, our community has delivered many materials about Agility Chain Management System (ACMS) and the IS Rating Tool is now available, you can download it via this link:
www.sustainableitarchitecture.com/preview-is-ra...

Hope this is useful
Kind regards
Pierre

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