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 many employees (if you want to call them that) that love their job so much that they just don’t care what the incentive is. They just want to excel at what they do. They just love the work they do. And that’s the kind of employee one should ever want in their team for the right job. No incentive ever helps if the person you employed doesn’t love doing “what you expect them to do”.
Vendor Lock-in. Proprietary Technology. Switching Costs. These phrases are thrown out there more often than they need to be, without real thought to what the concerns actually are. Asking the right questions is important. If you want some real functionality and technological strength for a price, prioritize that and do not confuse a proprietary & strong enclosed technology with a closed & rigid architecture. Everything, that is standard today, was once proprietary in our minds until it eventually became common, universal or functionally indispensable.
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.
Not all organizations may realize that some of the tweaks in policies and systems actually end up as the key determinant of the longer term direction that “organizational culture” takes. When tweaking systems and policies for shorter term goals, do not lose sight of the longer term effects on culture and mindset of people working in the organization. Systems and Policies of today are the organizational culture of tomorrow!
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.