Showing posts from January 2, 2011

Bugatti: Defying the definition of Value Innovation

Courtesy: AUTOCAR, UK

Kim and Mauborgne, pioneers of Blue Ocean Strategy, defined Value Innovation in a very practical way. That is, in terms of ERRC:

Eliminate some factors Reduce the level of some factors below industry standards Raise the level of some factors Create totally new factors.
PCD or business process centric user interface design, which I introduced at Cognizant for competitive differentiation, perfectly fits the ERRC formula.
Even "services" of extreme excellence such as by Cirque du Soleil fit the definition.
But not Bugatti.
Writing in AUTOCAR, Steve Sutcliffe says about the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, "What’s perhaps most amazing of all about this most amazing of cars, however, is that despite its heart-wrenching, lung-bursting performance, it is also quite incredibly civilised to drive."
Seems that with Bugatti, it's RC (or Raise and Create).
Or is there another formula this car fits into? I doubt.

IT is good ... until you discover BT

IT has made undeniable contributions to the business world.

With the passing of time, though, things change. We now have new knowledge, new goals, and new resources. And therefore, new expectations.

Like information systems (IS) made way for information technology (IT), IT is now making way for what Forrester Research calls business technology or BT.

BT is a "profound shift in the way that technology is sourced, implemented, operated, and leveraged for business value," as a Forrester analyst says.

The proof of BT is in the business results. For the enterprise. (And for the software provider, too.)

Why not start your process of discovering BT? This side of 2011 seems like a good time to start.

And I'm willing to help. Check back for brief articles. Or email me your questions.

Best wishes!

What India needs in the new decade: Conduct, not just cash

Many have been asking why selfishness, poor public hygiene, and corruption are rampant in India (to pick 3 "traits" from V. Raghunathan's Games Indians Play).

Best-selling author Chetan Bhagat is perhaps the first to answer that question: Lack of good values.

Writing in Times of India, Bhagat also suggests a solution: "invest in our MORAL well-being even as India prospers economically."