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Smart (Enough) Systems: How to Deliver Competitive Advantage by Automating Hidden Decisions

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Smart (Enough) Systems: How to Deliver Competitive Advantage by Automating Hidden Decisions

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Many businesses rely on computer based systems to support decision making, however most aren't configured to learn from the past, therefore struggle to keep up with change. Common belief is the answer is to implement newer, “intelligent” systems. However much of today’s existing technology has the potential to be “smart enough”. This book describes how various technologies can be combined to make this happen.
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It is commonly believed that the computer-based systems most organizations rely on to support their businesses are not very smart. Many of the business decisions these companies make, tend to be hidden in systems that make poor decisions, or don’t make them at all. Further, most systems aren't configured to learn from the past and therefore struggle to keep up with the pace of change. While many organizations believe the answer is to implement newer, “intelligent” systems, the fact is that much of today’s existing technology has the potential to be “smart enough” to make a big difference to an organization’s business. This book describes how various technologies can be combined to make this happen.

James and Neil show how current business trends are forcing organizations to build smarter systems and how these systems can help companies thrive. By focusing on decisions as distinct opportunities for improvement, the book provides a unique perspective on how using established technologies in a new way can solve problems and create competitive advantage. The book is full of insightful examples of problems solved by applying Enterprise Decision Management across various industries and it outlines a practical and incremental method for implementing the technology. Readers will learn:

  • Key Business Trends which Impact Decision-Making Processes
  • How Smart Systems Cope with Trends
  • How Decision Automation Can Make a System Smart Enough
  • How Decisions Translate to Competitive Advantage
  • Positive Business Impact of Smarter Systems
  • Core Concepts and Technology Requirements and How Tey Work Together
  • Step-by-Step Introduction to this Approach
  • Stage-by-Stage ROI Generation
  • Impacts and Enhancements to Modern IT Architecture

While the business context and underlying principles are explained in a non-technical manner, the book also contains how-to guidance for more technical readers.

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ISBN 978-0132347969
Publication Date July 2007
Author James Taylor, Neil Raden
Format Paperback
Page Count 432
Manufacturer Prentice Hall
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