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Sunday, January 06, 2008

Niche Consulting

A new and interesting trend is describe in the article on Niche Consultancy firms growing in India.

The trend indicates multiple issues - the large Indian enterprises need outside India specific consultants who give India connected advise, rather than the designer advise provided by the big consulting firms; Further, Indian Companies need partners to partner with the receivers of the services.

However, the success or otherwise of these firms is sill in early days. The world will need to watch the space for more and greater impacts before proclaiming this to be viable model.

Collaboration 2008

The list of web 2.0 in 2008 (whats In and whats Out) by John Krupi is very interesting.

Whats OUT:

1. BIG IT 2. Integration 3. Consumer Mashups 4. Big SAP 5. Integrate Everything
6. Linkedin the Website 7. All-in-One web Destinations 8. B2B 9. Emailing Excel Speadsheets 10. Portals 1.0

Whats IN:

1. Big User 2. Collaboration 3. Enterprise Mashups 4. Little SAP 5. Let the user Mashup 6. Linked in your Enterprise 7. Embeddable Mashup Applications 8. User 2Business 9. Mashing in Excel 10. Portals

This is a very interesting list - I think its the start of the Co-Creationization in the Enterprises: We co-create with our employees and all the minds that work with the enterprise!

What a change?

International Symposium on AHP, Chile 2007

The 9th International Symposium on Analytic Hierarchy Process (ISAHP) was held in Chile , August 2007. Although I could not participate, my paper titled "Measuring the Value of Information Technology - A Framework, has been included in the proceedings whichcan be downloaded from the Symposium website

It is indeed a pleasant surprise for me to see the paper included in the conference proceedings despite my failure to attend the symposium.

There are many papers on various aspects (indicating the spread of AHP) - I particularly liked the paper -

APPLICATION OF THE AHP/ANP TO INVENTION PROBLEMS
Andreichicov A.V. and Andreichicova O.N.

Summary: The paper describes a number of computer-supported methods for invention problem solving by using the AHP/ANP. These methods are intended for creating of new mechanisms and may be useful for support of the following problems: strategic forecasting the evolution of mechanical devices having a certain functional assignment; a choice of rational analogues and prototypes from inventions databases;
the synthesis and quality assessment of new conceptual solutions of mechanisms; the evaluation of novelty by examining the inventions. Application of AHP/ANP enables one to promote solving the foregoing problems through a systemic approach involving the use of multiple criteria for decision-making.

However, I am surprised why authors never mention TRIZ as they are quoting and using from Altshuller work - Just reproducing the references below


References
Altshuller G.S. (1988) Creativity as an exact science, New York, Gordon & Breach.
Andreichicov A.V. and Andreichicova O.N. (1998) Computer support of invention, Moscow: Machine Building (in Russian).
Andreichicov A.V. and Andreichicova O.N. (2001) “A choice of a perspective system for vibration isolation in conditions of varying environment”, Proceedings of the Sixth International Symposium on the Analytic Hierarchy Process ISAHP’2001, Bern, 13-24.
Andreichicov A.V. and Andreichicova O.N. (2003) “The analysis of the technical system’s evolution”, Proceedings of the Sixth International Symposium on the Analytic Hierarchy Process ISAHP’2003, Bali,Indonesia, 121-126.
Jons J.C. (1984) Essays in design, New York, Toronto etc.
Saaty T.L. (1994) Fundamentals of decision making and priority theory with the Analytic Hierarchy Process, Pittsburgh, RWS Publications.
Saaty T.L., Vargas L.G. (1994) Decision making in economic, political, social and technological environments:The Analytic Hierarchy Process, Pittsburgh, RWS Publications.
Saaty T.L. (2001) Creative thinking, problem solving and decision making, Pittsburgh, RWS Publications.
Saaty T.L. (2001) Decision making with dependence and feedback: the Analytic Network Process, Pittsburgh,
RWS Publications.
Zwicky F. (1948) The morphological method of analysis and construction, Courant, Anniversary Volume.

The Analytic Hierarchy Process

The Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) - has been so much ingrained in me now that I can sleep walk though any group decision making problem which is quite complex and structure it quite nicely as an AHP problem and create a solution.

This is not a self-boasting statement, it is really the power of the method developed three decades back by Thomas L Saaty it is indeed the simplicity and natural way the AHP gets into a problem that the methodology has enormous power. My book on Strategic Decision Making - Using the AHP shows the width of the method that I have used to solve real-world strategic decision making problems.

Since then I have used the technique to create many frameworks that have been used in variety of scenarios

1. Aligning Enterprise Initiatives with Balanced Score Card
2. Assessment of IT applications for Globally distributed scenarios
3. Creating and Evaluating multiple strategies to achieve long term objectives

etc...

Wikipedia has the Analytic Hierarchy Process entry which explains the process. There are many dedicated companies providing AHP based software packages including the Expert Choice

Yet it is such a surprise that AHP has not been so well known as some of the other techniques or methods! What could be the reason - May be the mathematics behind the technique hinders people exploring it - I have to answer this I think, yet I cant find a better method for decision making in a group setting!

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