Many organisations would
like to deliver fully integrated solutions that span
their entire business (even small ones). However:
The computer industry does
not currently offer suitable platforms.
Some vertical market vendors
offer well-integrated solutions with a
broad(ish) scope but the ongoing economic
footprint and the complexity involved in
configuring, integrating and changing these
systems often makes them unattractive.
Many organisations still
struggle to replace legacy mainframe
solutions due to their broad scope and
strong integration abilities.
The dominant programming
languages in I.T today carry the same
complexity as those used 50 years ago, (in
most cases they are still broadly the same
Organisations are forced
to partition their systems into small manageable chunks,
relying on people and processes to link them together.
Between the Cracks
the core systems in an organisation leads to
a lack of joined up working. Some current
Serial criminals are very difficult to recognise where they cross regional or national boundaries
Medical care is inconsistently applied from area to area as most care records are only partially centralised and donít interconnect cleanly with local GP systems
Transit networks canít be interlinked to provide sensible demand management or usage based billing/taxation
International customs organisations cannot share data on border crossings, making terrorists very difficult to track
Emergency service control centres struggle to work together to resolve major incidents, usually resorting to complex manual procedures leading to poor response times
and loss of life
is prohibitively expensive for large
organisations to provide a 'single
consistent view' to their customers
across all channels
Clearly Mega-systems can offer enormous benefit, not just financially but also in
general welfare and quality of life.