Technology Forecast : 2010, Issue 2 download

July 2008
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In this issue of the Technology Forecast, we examine the yin yang of structured or repeatable work processes and versatile or variable human processes. Most large enterprises have spent much of the past 15 years implementing business infrastructures focused on standardized processes supported by modern enterprise applications. The words roll off the tongue so easily that we often forget that for most large enterprises, these highly standardized, repeatable, and automated processes represent a fraction of what really happens in the business. For every "yang" in the business, there are probably two "yins"—the more variable, responsive, creative, analytic, and insightful activities that heavily rely on the versatility of employees’ efforts.