The icon that you clicked was a re-alignment of the beach shown to the right. Surprising how difficult it got to recognize a beach in the icon.
In fact one cannot recognize anything in the icon. It does not show beach, it does not show sky, it does not show clouds but yet it was made up of these goodies. I did not distort them. I just copied and mirrored the picture that you see to the right. A "perfect" -in a mathematical sense- alignment, but at first sight hard to understand. And that is like my alignment solution. It is hard to see and thus hard to sell.
this discussion on aligning business and IT is in the works.
unordered and still changing set of elements for the discussion:
- aligning the company and (!?) the IT mystery to it
- trend in CIO magazines: companies must make money / create value. IT/IS must contribute by: 1) in themselves be cost aware, productive, and 2) contribute to the copanies' value creation
- in relation to change: aligning -or re-aligning- requires change, and change must be managed
- balanced scored card: defining a strategy and measuring both if it is understood and if it is effective
- low coupling - high cohesion
- layering in software models
- splitting in re-usable function or tool and application specific function
- concentrating on the process or on the product
- what does the company do, what things are a necessary part of the foundation
- anticipating the future
- does a strategy exist
- aligning to change
- making things simple versus simplifying things
- man models of reality based on human control vs. man-made computer models for the computer to be in control
Theo van Eijndhoven, 2004