IT can, driven by APaaS, become a Business Platform Provider and facilitate Business Value, and move beyond being Cost Center. While IT may, for some time to come, control the buying and maintenance of such platforms, the key to their success lies in understanding that they need to focus on the role of platform Engineering and Governance, and facilitate the business value driven applications development.
There are different styles of processes, and the techniques to handle those will have to differ. And all will continue to exist.
While IT continued to flourish and expand, the core technical strengths still ruled in technology world. The dream of business value driven development continued to remain distant. But, there are at least two real trends that change all that – BPM and Cloud Computing (PaaS & SaaS). The two key reasons they live up to the promise are “Abstraction” and “Modeling-driven-development”. White Collar Developer can finally smile!
When a business process culminates in a transaction that has the organization as the beneficiary, they will find a way or the other to keep track of it, and not let the ball drop. But, not so much otherwise. When you see a broken process, problem lies mostly with focus and priorities; not with their ability (technological or managerial) to manage processes.
SLAs are great way to manage contractual obligations. One would hope that they would bring the much needed quality of service in business, but that’s unfortunately not the case. They are just not geared for “customer happiness”, They are designed, and used in a way, to keep the management from frowning! As far as I know, SLAs (or with a benefit of doubt, badly designed ones) are the root cause of mediocre services.