David Upton believes in Radically Simple IT. The basic premise, which he's laid out in a number of Harvard Business Review cases, is that IT managers should strive to put systems in place that can be continuously improved over time. By implementing an IT architecture that's as simple and modular as possible, that represents an ongoing interaction between business and IT groups, and that changes as business demands evolve, business and IT leaders can avoid being harnessed to rigid and costly systems that are outdated from the start. To put it another way, you don't build a platform for technology, you build a platform for improvement.
We had an opportunity to sit down with Dr. Upton and ask him how businesses can incorporate Radically Simple IT and maintain competitive advantage. Watch the video below, and let us know in the comments how your company is moving towards a more simple approach.
You can hear more from Dr. Upton in his Open Your World Forum presentation: "Radically Simple IT or A Strategic Argument for Open Source in Business." And, read read more on the topic in his two Harvard Business Review articles: "Radically Simple IT," co-authored with Bradley R. Staats, and "Information Technology and Innovation at Shinsei Bank," co-authored with Virginia A. Fuller. (Harvard Business Review articles require subscription or purchase.)
Video created by Mike Esser, Kim Jokisch and Jesse Paddock