Overturning 30 Years of Legacy Processes and Mindset. “That’s the way we’ve always done it’.

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Overturning 30 Years of Legacy Processes and Mindset. “That’s the way we’ve always done it’.

I’m all for change. I see organizations who are stuck in the past and activities and processes are based on ‘well that’s the way we’ve always done it.’ And forget suggesting changes, as that won’t fly either, and you hear ‘no, it won’t work that way because…’

According to Ojas Rege, vice president of strategy at MobileIron, in an article wrote, “Indeed, 2016 will be a challenging year for IT as mobile and cloud force CIOs to adopt a more agile model of information security, policy design, technology evaluation, and lifecycle management, This new approach overturns 30 years of legacy process and mindset but it can no longer be avoided. As a result, 2016 will be the first year of true transformation.” I think my jaw dropped about 10 inches when I read that. I don’t understand how 30 years of legacy process and mindset can be changed in one year. Think of it, this includes the organizational structure, culture, and all current processes. It’s not that I disagree with what he is saying, it’s only the time-frame.

The key to accomplish what Rege wants is to put technology behind the transformation. People are difficult to change, not even considering the 30 years of doing business the same way. The less impact on the staff the easier it is to accomplish the objective. To this, you need to turn to technology. For example, our technologies eliminate end user tagging by automatically generating conceptual metadata. Considering that 93% of organizations still use manual tagging that would be a radical technology change, but easy to swallow as it makes the end users job easier, and the company incurs less errors.

Talk about agile. Is your organization changing your current information model? What was the impetus? Will this happen in a year?

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