The Cause of the Persistent, Pervasive IS Issues

The Cause of the Persistent Pervasive IS Issues

Why, after decades of advances in information technology and practices, do the issues of alignment, integration, responsiveness, flexibility, cost, and time persist?

There is one very fundamental reason!  The IT industry’s traditional methods used to develop information systems causes the misalignment, fragmentation, and disintegration of the enterprises; and is the biggest contributor to the cost and time to develop enterprise applications and databases. Here is why!

Experience is showing that this approach is not solving the pervasive problems that have been with us for the last 50 years.  The probability is that this approach will only add to the extent of the problems.  The reason for the continuing frustration and desperation is due to the fact almost everybody “practicing” in the IS profession today is pretty much using the same methodology, therefore achieving pretty much the same results.  Enterprise management just ends up directing their frustration and desperation at a different set of people.

This approach (methodology) is the cause of the pervasive application portfolio issues because each implementation results from variations in methodology, used by different people, with different skills, using different tools over a long period of time.

The results of this approach are inconsistent, disintegrated, standalone, redundant, fragmented information systems implementations.

Enterprise management, the IT customer, too often is not happy with those results.  Enterprise management, mostly out of frustration and desperation, keeps searching for options.  This frustration and desperation is the primary cause for opting for:

  1. Bringing in outside consultants, thinking that certainly the “experts” must have figured out how to solve these problems,
  2. Using purchased packages, thinking that somebody must have already figured out how to solve these problems, and
  3. Outsourcing IT, thinking that somebody else must have already figured out how to solve these problems.

These problems exist and persist because the fundamental process and skills that the information systems profession has been using to develop business applications and databases have not fundamentally changed since the industry was in its infancy….some 50 years ago.  Yes, systems have been developed and deployed with incremental improvements in business operations, but with significant and costly deficiencies which are continuing and growing.