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Beware of "technical Mongolian medicine"

nowadays, there are fewer and fewer cases of using Mongolian medicine to cheat passengers' money, but it is common to cheat users' money under the guise of "high and new technology" in the information construction. For the time being, we call this practice of blindly promoting 30 end products with high patent applications that are divorced from the actual needs of users as "technical Mongolian medicine"; Not only are some IT manufacturers changing ways to put "technical apocryphal" into customers in pursuit of high profits, but some technology loving CIOs are also willing to accept "technical apocryphal" in order to establish a "perfect" information system. As a result, they can only buy a lot of the world's leading IT software and hardware and leave them in the computer room unused, or only use less than 20% of the efficiency. Informatization has become a disguised waste under the guise of high and new technology

how to guard against the "technical Apocalypse" of IT manufacturers? How to select technical routes and it equipment according to business needs

"technology leadership" trap

informatization does need advanced technology, but it does not need all technologies to be world-class. The choice of technology ultimately depends on business needs. However, some IT manufacturers, in pursuit of high profits and divorced from the actual business needs of users, have tried their best to introduce the most advanced technology to CIO. The loading methods of the latest IT equipment can be divided into: tension compression fatigue test, zigzag fatigue test, change fatigue test and composite stress fatigue test. This move, on the one hand, demonstrates its uniqueness with advanced technology; On the other hand, of course, it is the temptation of high profits. Advanced IT equipment naturally has high prices and high profits. There are two methods used by sales to put "technical apothecary". One is exaggeration, which makes the new technology seem to be a "panacea" to cure all diseases. The oil in the oil tank is sucked into the oil pump after being filtered; The other is to mislead users, exaggerate a small problem in the old system, and tempt users to use new equipment. As a result, CIO invested limited funds in it projects that are rarely useful at ordinary times, while some urgently needed it projects are unable to carry out. Mr. m, President of a multinational company in China, said: the waste of IT investment by individual domestic users has reached an alarming level. Take some open-end fund companies for example. Their scale is usually about 2billion to 3billion shares, which are held by about 5000 to 10000 customers. Many of them are stable institutional investors. According to the calculation of one transaction per customer per month - usually not so frequent, in fact, there are only about dozens of transactions per day - this demand can be fully satisfied with only one PC. But in fact, the standard configuration of these fund computing center computer rooms is generally 7 mainframe computers

"technical Apocalypse" not only causes a great waste of IT investment, but also affects customers' confidence in informatization. Take CRM as an example. Generally, the requirements for plastic technology will be stricter. Multinational technology providers will use CRM solutions to describe a very bright future for securities companies, and also list a long list of modules that need to be purchased in US dollars. Then, tell the securities companies that this is only a general product, and it will take several months of customized development to fully become a CRM system suitable for the securities industry. After calculating all products, development costs and expenses, securities companies found that the development of CRM system would be a huge capital funnel. It is precisely because of this excessive emphasis on technology-oriented guidance that the decision-makers in the securities industry have insufficient understanding of the connotation of CRM system, which is reflected in the construction of CRM system, which is the hesitation of decision-making. Some securities companies have encountered many difficulties after starting to build CRM system. As a result, they either slowed down the progress or modified the implementation strategy

not pleasure, but

of course, it is not entirely the fault of IT suppliers that some enterprises deviate from the actual needs of the business and purchase a large number of new equipment and apply new technologies. CIO's preference and even obsession with technology can not be erased

what is the value of CIO to an enterprise? Many CIOs will answer: build a perfect information system for enterprises. It sounds like the answer is absolutely right, but it is not; When CIO takes the establishment of a perfect information system as the primary goal from his own perspective, he puts the satisfaction of his narrow technical pleasure in the first place and puts the enterprise behind him

to establish a perfect information system is practical and logical and reasonable for CIOs, but it is another thing for enterprises, because CIOs are not artisans who independently complete all business processes in the pre industrial society. In a sense, as an independent production unit, handicraft workers in the pre industrial society can combine their work with their own feelings about work and enjoy full pleasure in their work in the process of manufacturing shoes, saddles and other products alone. In the handicraft industry, this part of him is a whole. Therefore, there is no contradiction between the two. In the industrial society, everyone is only a part of the corporate entity. In many cases, the pleasure people pursue in their work is not consistent with the requirements of the enterprise. The requirements of the enterprise for CIO are not the advancement of technology and the perfection of the system, but the support and contribution to the business and objectives of the enterprise like other employees. In fact, in the modern industrial society, even the CEO of an enterprise has to be constrained by countless internal and external resources of the enterprise, and can not do things completely by his own temperament. This is also the reason why a kind-hearted person, as a CEO, will not hesitate to lay off hundreds or even thousands of employees at a time

economist Peter Drucker had long noticed the deep division between his personal feelings and his position, He pointed out in his book "new society - Analysis of industrial order": "No matter whether we are economic people or moral people, the enterprise operates in the same way. The behavior and rationality of the enterprise will not be affected or affected by the change of human nature or behavior, nor will it be changed or affected by the psychological adjustment, moral influence or religious belief of people. The subjective behavior, rationality and purpose of people are not related to the behavior, rationality and purpose of the enterprise. The behavior of the enterprise Action, reason and purpose are objectively determined by the institutional structure and functions. "

business is the soul of technology

fundamentally speaking, it is not technology, let alone the pleasure in technical work, but the purpose of the enterprise itself, which determines the thought, consciousness and action of CIO. In many cases, its requirements for CIO are not purely specific on which project, but the ability to adjust at any time according to the changes of enterprise business; Instead of focusing on the technology and the project itself, they communicate more with the personnel of all departments at all levels of the enterprise; Of course, it is not only the technical challenge that most CIOs like, but also how to achieve the perfect combination of technology and enterprise business

how to achieve the perfect combination of technology and business

first, determine the IT strategy according to the business development strategy, and use it to solve the most urgent problems in the current business development. Regardless of the degree of informatization development, it is always the supporting means to realize business strategy. The implementation of it projects should consider not only the feasibility of technology, but also the feasibility of business. Taking PACS (medical image processing system) as an example, it should be said that the technology of PACS has been quite mature. Many hospitals in developed countries have also realized filmless, but most hospitals in China have no plans to promote PACS on a large scale. There are two main reasons: first, a comprehensive and practical PACS system needs a large amount of investment, and the vast majority of hospitals in China can not afford it at present; Second, PACS system can play its due role in clinic only through the integration of RIS (image information system) and his (hospital management system). If a hospital has not completed its own his and RIS construction, and does not even have a doctor workstation, it will rush to start PACS. The result is nothing but putting the cart before the horse and paying tuition fees to buy lessons

secondly, the choice of technical route should not only consider the investment cost, but also try to approach the mainstream technology at home and abroad, taking into account the scalability and progressiveness. If the c/s structure is changed to the b/s structure, it will directly affect the capital investment. If the technical route with less investment is selected, the performance of the system may be affected to some extent. How to choose between the breadth and depth of the impact and the cost savings can only be grasped by the CIO according to the actual situation of the enterprise. The more information investment is not the better, nor is the more advanced technology the better. The advanced is not necessarily reliable, and the reliable is not necessarily advanced. Practicality is the fundamental

thirdly, the system development "does not seek perfection". Information system developers always hope to make the system technologically advanced, with complete functions and perfect interfaces. However, in real work, a perfect system is not necessarily popular, but often gets twice the result with half the effort. It technicians always want to make things beautiful. The more services they provide, the better. The more advanced the technology, the better; Specific users, however, hope that the simpler the better; Just like the point and shoot camera, although the shooting effect is not perfect compared with the mechanical camera, it is still favored by photography enthusiasts. The key reason is that it is simple and easy to use. If all information systems are like televisions, realizing key operation, the success of informatization will be just around the corner

finally, it equipment of different grades shall be provided according to different posts. The core components of the core business department should try to use the best equipment to ensure the normal operation of the business, while the common equipment, especially the PC, is sufficient; But it equipment must not be stored. Zhaodabin, director of the information and Communication Bureau of the Ministry of public security, visited the United States. To his surprise, the interphone used by the American police was still a product of more than ten years ago. It was just considered to be upgraded in 2002, but the use effect was very good. Many units in China are using the world's most advanced equipment for the simplest applications. The most common is to buy a P4 computer as a typewriter. Zhaodabin said with emotion that at present, China's informatization seems very lively, but there is still a great blindness in how to do it. When many units talk about informatization, they buy the world's most advanced equipment. As a result, China has become an experimental field for global IT equipment. Some units have bought equipment that no one can use. Before unpacking, the equipment has depreciated or even been eliminated

in a word, technology itself has no value, and business is the soul of technology. Only when CIO starts with business needs and realizes the business value of IT technology through business innovation and system innovation, can informatization have lasting vitality. (end)

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