The implementation of new technologies can bring great business benefits to companies. However, to ensure the right technology is adopted at the right time, organizations must establish processes that help them evaluate hype from reality, say experts. Michael Barnes, vice president of software and Asia-Pacific research at Springboard Research, advised that new technology should be adopted only when there is a clearly defined, well understood, agreed-upon, and ultimately, measurable business benefit. “In the current economic climate, technology that can help drive cost savings, improved efficiencies, process visibility and information access will be in high demand,” Barnes told ZDNet Asia in an e-mail. When considering technology investments, IT and business decision makers must always start with a “fundamental reality that IT is always a means to an end, not an end in itself”, he said. “In fact, from a business standpoint, IT has no inherent value at all. The value of IT is in how it is leveraged for business benefit,” he noted. Patrick Chan, Asia-Pacific chief technology advisor of emerging technologies research at IDC, agreed that opting for new technology without first aligning these to the business needs will end in failure. Many service oriented architecture (SOA) projects fell short… Read full this story
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