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Do you think your business will transform now more than ever?
What are your thoughts as we run through covid-19 situation in your country, business or project environment?

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What is business? That is the first thing to take into account. Business is a word that is using most of the times without understanding what does mean and how it has to be defined into each company/organization. A company/organization can have more than one business defined into it. What must be transformed is the enterprise architecture to support the different defined business. Inside the enterprise architecture the business layer is the driver for the others (application, technology, security, information). But that´s not new. Is something lot of companies (at least in those I have the opportunity to work with) are doing. Those companies are ready for the new conditions. Between them my actual work place.
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1 reply by Tarun Vasudev
Apr 08, 2020 11:02 AM
Tarun Vasudev
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Wonderful. Thanks for your feedback. Every individual at any point in time is focussing on one business and not several that may be the case for an enterprise. So indeed there are very few individuals who may lead multi-business portfolios at any given point in time or an enterprise as a concept in the case of IT. The evolution of enterprise architecture has never stopped as there are too many variables that constitute it, in the form of technology components that either deliver value or cost-benefit. However, taking bold tech advancements that will help the business is anticipated by many tech firms. Guess this is too early to anticipate?
Apr 08, 2020 9:04 AM
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What is business? That is the first thing to take into account. Business is a word that is using most of the times without understanding what does mean and how it has to be defined into each company/organization. A company/organization can have more than one business defined into it. What must be transformed is the enterprise architecture to support the different defined business. Inside the enterprise architecture the business layer is the driver for the others (application, technology, security, information). But that´s not new. Is something lot of companies (at least in those I have the opportunity to work with) are doing. Those companies are ready for the new conditions. Between them my actual work place.
Wonderful. Thanks for your feedback. Every individual at any point in time is focussing on one business and not several that may be the case for an enterprise. So indeed there are very few individuals who may lead multi-business portfolios at any given point in time or an enterprise as a concept in the case of IT. The evolution of enterprise architecture has never stopped as there are too many variables that constitute it, in the form of technology components that either deliver value or cost-benefit. However, taking bold tech advancements that will help the business is anticipated by many tech firms. Guess this is too early to anticipate?
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1 reply by Sergio Luis Conte
Apr 08, 2020 12:20 PM
Sergio Luis Conte
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Not at all. In fact, Agile and agility were born in 1990 outside the softwre field to find an alternative to Lean because after making a prospective about how the world would be in 2015-2030 it was notice that Lean will not be enough for that world challenges. The prospective was right and it is what some people call today "VUCA". The worst thing a company/organization can do is thinking that is about technology. Is about business where business layer is composed by (while it depends the model you take) share values, skills, structure, staff, style, systems. Those are which is interacting with the environment through process/functions which are the key components inside the strategy.
Tarun -

There is likely to be some short term transformation, but memories are short and the need for resilience or anti-fragility which will seem compelling in the first few quarters after we get through the pandemic will seem less so a year or two out as pressures from shareholders and other competing priorities emerge.

Kiron
Yes, I see the disruption as global and thorough, touching every aspect of life. We will not go back.

The businesses who are now saving life, like healthcare, logistics, retail, local food supply, internet, journalism, government (!) will change, some business will take harder hits like travel, airlines, airports, sports.

The pandemic will go on for 2 years or so, after the pandemic in 14th century, we developed rationalism, secularism and colonialism. Things changed nobody could foresee.

I am really glad to live in such interesting times.
Apr 08, 2020 11:02 AM
Replying to Tarun Vasudev
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Wonderful. Thanks for your feedback. Every individual at any point in time is focussing on one business and not several that may be the case for an enterprise. So indeed there are very few individuals who may lead multi-business portfolios at any given point in time or an enterprise as a concept in the case of IT. The evolution of enterprise architecture has never stopped as there are too many variables that constitute it, in the form of technology components that either deliver value or cost-benefit. However, taking bold tech advancements that will help the business is anticipated by many tech firms. Guess this is too early to anticipate?
Not at all. In fact, Agile and agility were born in 1990 outside the softwre field to find an alternative to Lean because after making a prospective about how the world would be in 2015-2030 it was notice that Lean will not be enough for that world challenges. The prospective was right and it is what some people call today "VUCA". The worst thing a company/organization can do is thinking that is about technology. Is about business where business layer is composed by (while it depends the model you take) share values, skills, structure, staff, style, systems. Those are which is interacting with the environment through process/functions which are the key components inside the strategy.
Replying to your specific question:

Impact in my country: I work in the Netherlands and I am originally from Spain. Both countries are getting hit hard by the virus. Spain has taken the most stringent approach (full confinement at home), whereas the Dutch do allow people to go out and even sport (not in groups of more than 2).

Impact at work: I work in a pharmaceutical company considered vital by the Dutch government. Thus, operations continue as usual taking additional safety measures. People that are not vital in the manufacturing processes are requested to work from home. This is the case of project managers.

Project environment. Working remotely is a challenge yet feasible. Projects are progressing, set on hold, or initiated regardless of the virus but based on business needs.

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