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Sunday, April 20, 2008

Revolution in Business Affairs - Down memory lane

{This is the abstract on an article I was writing in 2002} The article I could not write. I found this in my old computer! May be I should write the article now!

What CIO’s can learn from Revolution in Military Affairs (RMA)


As many war strategists have pointed out that technology has created a Revolution in Military Affairs (RMA), which has the potential to change the very nature of warfare. The components of RMA do not include any radical changes in military hardware, but it is their integration with each other and information gathering and processing systems that have revolutionized warfare. The key features of this revolution are a fertile ground for CIOs of large enterprises to learn lessons to be replicated in the grand IT strategy to achieve marked improvements in their Return on Investments (ROI). In this paper we have analyzed the components and features of RMA from the perspective of CIOs. For example, the EAI trend that is developing now is nothing but an offshoot of RMA. The RMA’s heart lies in integration of key war making components. The EAI coupled with advances taking place in Business Intelligence and Networking technologies are the key components of Revolution in Business Affairs (RBA) that is bound to grow from the RMA.

Revolutions by definition refer to fundamental discontinuities – a radical change from the existing status quo. The RBA proposed from the lessons learnt from the RMA analysis will help create these fundamental changes. The results of this analysis points out important lessons for business organizations as their fundamental processes can be readily mapped to the military organizations – be that the policy, strategy, operations, market assessment, technological requirements or knowledge management. The lessons learnt from this analysis can help CIOs to create a major role for themselves at the strategic level at par with COO and CEO.

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