My perspective on technology

Technology as a driver

We must eradicate the notion that IT is a cost center; instead, we must think of technology as a driver for growth. IT must have a seat at the table and execute as an equal partner with urgency, delivering value beyond hardware and software. I see flexibility and speed of innovation as key imperatives to boost competitive advantage, not just cost efficiency. This will not be possible unless we see technology as a key differentiator that supports implementation of the long-term strategy and consistent execution at the tactical level. When integrated correctly, technology becomes a driver for growth & profitability.

Simple is beautiful

Simplicity lies at the very heart of a beautiful design. Technology can be seen as complex and intimidating for the novice, but it can be equally frustrating for the expert. For example, in analytics , the objective is to apply effective user-interface (UI) best practices that maximize the real estate and leave no room for confusion or distraction. The UI should help the user find and focus on the actionable data points and consume key content with ease. Over the years, I learned to appreciate and apply these design principles. In the process, I developed the SiMPLE framework that lays the foundation for my design philosophy.

Mobile is not optional

More mobile devices are sold today than PCs and the performance gap between a PC and a mobile device continues to narrow. To ignore mobile is to repeat the mistakes of the ’90s that discounted the potential of the Internet. However, mobile isn’t just about one or two sexy apps. Similarly, mobile BI isn’t synonymous with “a page that works on a mobile device.” It requires a carefully thought-out mobile strategy that not only leverages the technology’s strengths but also minimizes its weaknesses within a supported enterprise infrastructure. The mobile framework cannot exist separately from or independent of the organization’s business or technology strategy.

Smart enterprises

The newfound complexities and sheer fast pace of today’s global business landscape force us to quickly adapt new strategies that require new business models. Organizations that know how to connect their data to their strategic objectives become smart enterprises. These companies recognize that, for example, business intelligence is less about technology and more about creativity and culture, shaped by their view of data as a critical asset. They seek to exploit synergies that successfully use new technologies in mobile, cloud, big data, real-time and predictive to unlock the full value of their data assets enabling faster, better-informed decision making.

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