»Always act in such a way that the number of options increases.«
(Cybern)ethical imperative (Heinz von Foerster)
The organization’s organization has two major weaknesses: Human complexity barriers and inadequate technical enablement.
Sometimes one weakness prevails, sometimes the other (and often they are interdependent), with the same results: complicated, lossy information processing with unfavorable path dependencies. This creates significant impediments that prevent more intelligent organization (and quite often get in their own way).
Optimal agility can only be achieved directly in the base layer architecture, but this has been a very hard problem so far.
Therefore a wide variety of architectures have traditionally been combined and changed cyclically according to fads, without solving the actual problem: if you don’t really control the base, you can’t control the ends efficiently.
In recent years, the last resort has been an indirect integration of heterogeneous system architectures via their metadata (and/or APIs), which, however, can be compared most closely to Rube Goldberg machines. Also, information inventories alone are hardly meaningful without adequate continuous integration of their processing environments. This creates complicated and costly “meta”organizations with their own unintended consequences, which sooner or later will require meta-meta…organizations and can ultimately lead to rampant bureaucratization.
In contrast, the seemingly obvious alternative of using “integrated business software” has a short half-life, can be extremely expensive, and comes with the usual drawbacks of standard software.
So what is the optimal solution to the problem?
A sustainable, dominantly better solution controls information complexity (including change processes) directly in the base layer: cCortex® offers the most efficient integration approach.
In addition to radically simple, complete control, it also allows arbitrarily flexible distribution between centralized and decentralized process design: the system consistently follows the organization, not the other way around. In this way, cCortex enables unlimited, simplest digitization without the need for unwanted organizational change, and really advanced organizational analytics.
Maximum efficiency with the best possible sustainability can be radically simple and cost-effective at the same time if the basic problem is solved in the right place: at the root.
So why would you continue to throw good money after bad?
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