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January 19, 2010


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If the business people and IT people in an organization truly worked together, there is no end to what could be accomplished. In my former corporate career, this type of cooperation was extremely rare. You need serious pressure from the top to make this work, otherwise it's just another team with endless meetings where little is accomplished.

Our business continues to progress through Business-IT integration with the use of analytics in every area. Thanks for the article. Shannon

We were talking about this in class a couple of months ago which is the first time I'd heard the idea called Business Ecology. What interested me about the idea is that it emulates nature's systems design to provide a harmonious, relationship-oriented approach that reveals how an organization really works, and that it measures not just financial performance but overall viability of an organization. Interesting!


Great Post

It is such a pity that it takes what you call a "painful recession" to get businesses doing what they should have been doing all along.

I totally agree with all that you say, especially that "An important enabler of Business Ecology is the use of technology beyond automation. Business Ecology practitioners employ technology to identify, measure, model and drive business change."

One practice I would strongly advocate that all businesses adopt is BFM or Business Function Management. By 'Function' I do NOT mean a department but a CORE business activity.

Each step in a Process is a Function. So first know your Functions and can build your processes.

All data exists to support Function. So know your Functions and you will know your data.

BFM can greatly simplify BPM and avoids many of its inherent pitfalls.

For more information on BFM and it benefits go to http://www.integrated-modeling-method.com/imm-bpm-business-process-modeling-method/business-function-modeling

Let's hope that those who are now embracing Busienss Ecology, a) introduce BFM to take advantage of its benefits and b) do not slide back to their old ways as soon as the recession has passed.

Once again, great post.


Sounds good but are many firms starting to look at this sort of thing? I hope some of the banks adopt this process.

It's an interesting concept. More and more I find new and exciting ways that people have found to utilise cloud based technologies to support innovative ideas and new platforms. This is yet another example. Any opportunity that allows businesses to reduce waste is a great idea.

Thanks for this.

Although this is an excellent post, it is mainly geared towards mid to high level corporations who can afford to hire a slew of IT consultants and even have an in-house CTO. Ironically, the ones that can benefit the most from this management philosophy are small business owners who desperately need business processes to lower operational cost and increase performance.

Unfortunately the techno speak and advance business methodology lingo would scare any small business owner who is struggling to survive. Therefore, the key to expanding this philosophy, beyond corporate speak, is to present it in such a way that is not intimidating for small business owners.

With so much free technology out there, this can easily be accomplished with the right communication and less complicated transfer of knowledge. I know it can be done because I did it. I successfully run my own virtual business, therefore I know first hand "Business Ecology: Optimization for Innovation" does work.

The business ecology program looks very interesting. It certainly promotes communication, measurement and an overall scientific approach, something that is certainly lacking in the IT world at times.

I agree with Sam. I like the idea of the business ecology program as well. To many business decisions are based on the whims and wishes of upper management whose decisions are often not based on the data.

A more scientific approach will lead performance-based decision making. That is really the only way to operate, but too few companies seem to do it that way.

I agree with a previous poster, cloud computing has helped our studio increase our efficiency. Great article, thanks.

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