Ever find yourself telling some one that his or her great idea is, well, a great idea, but not a new idea? And while it isn't a new idea, maybe it is a great time to pursue it? Remember the rise of the ASP? Very interesting idea at the time, but one that withered with the dot-com community. Yet the notion of on-demand, pay-for-only-what-you-use software is alive and kicking again now that customers are demanding (and getting) new levels of flexibility from their software vendors. And while Salesforce.com didn't wither with the rest of the dot-coms, its highly successful IPO is sure to bring even more attention to the on-demand, hosted application model.
Here's another not-so-new-idea that's emerging in a different time--one that has a great chance of success for those who learned lessons from the failures of the past. Remember online trading hubs, business-to-business marketplaces and exchanges such as E-Steel and Covisint that were designed to connect buyers and sellers and provide a platform for transactions between them? These days, the core of these kinds of communities isn't vendors or service providers but large, powerful customers who are setting standards for business processes and technologies. It's a phenomenon we've been writing about over the past year or so and a core theme of InformationWeek's Fall conference.
It's something that renowned business strategist James Champy advances in an upcoming article in Optimize. He says companies such as Dell and Wal-Mart are building "business-service platforms" for interacting with their suppliers. A second generation of these kinds of hubs, he predicts, will provide a place for competitors to do business. Sound familiar? Perhaps a good idea's time is finally coming.
IT's Reputation: What the Data SaysInformationWeek's IT Perception Survey seeks to quantify how IT thinks it's doing versus how the business really views IT's performance in delivering services - and, more important, powering innovation. Our results suggest IT leaders should worry less about whether they're getting enough resources and more about the relationships they have with business unit peers.
What The Business Really Thinks Of IT: 3 Hard TruthsThey say perception is reality. If so, many in-house IT departments have reason to worry. InformationWeek's IT Perception Survey seeks to quantify how IT thinks it's doing versus how the business views IT's performance in delivering services - and, more important, powering innovation. The news isn't great.