Real Time Plays Lead in Tomorrows Enterprise
It will be the development of products and services that will make the idea a reality.Ready for the real-time enterprise? Where real-time operations were once the province of nuclear power plants and mission-critical manufacturing processes, the real-time concept has been sneaking into the vocabulary of the "next big thing" technology futurists. The most recent explanation Ive heard was during a presentation by Creative Strategies President Tim Bajarin at a CRM expo in New York last week. In Bajarins view, a combination of standards-based integrated applications and wireless devices will let corporate "corridor warriors" always know the financial health of their companies, suppliers and customers. Tims presentation is available at www.creativestrategies.com, and I think he is on to something as a better way to describe the emerging business landscape without getting lost in Web services jargon.
The emergence of a real-time business, or Web services or whatever it is called, will also call for a new set of IT skills. Graduates looking to get their careers under way and longtime IT pros who find themselves on the wrong end of the downsizing equation are facing a very difficult employment market. The lead article in our Labs section this week "Lining Up for Jobs," looks at the IT skills that will really count over the coming year.