Everything used to be so simple. On one hand you had a business, a company, or an international corporation that maintained an air-conditioned room with a bunch of computers where certain tasks or jobs were completed on a calendar-based schedule. The central computer was just another box that, when fed with data, would promptly return the favor by spitting out the requested results for individual departments. But this belongs to the past.
Nowadays, information technology is no longer limited to individual rooms and there is hardly a process in a company that is not dependent on its assistance. At the same time IT is no longer seen as a cost center but must adopt business enabling tasks. This alignment comes along with integration challenges and increased complexity.
Certainly, there is no way back to old simplicity, but there are ways to foster simplification on a new level – integrating disparate systems, platforms and applications, reducing workloads throughout the enterprise and offering a transparent view for IT process management. Simplicity in these terms is the bases of automation AND innovation. Because in order to really innovate, you need to integrate. And in order to integrate you need to simplify and renew the stovepipe-infrastructrue of the past and migrate to open IT environments.