Lowering cost of entry to the intelligent integrated enterprise
Red Hat maps the route to agile business through open source
The intelligent integrated enterprise offers a smarter way of dealing with decisions based on the mounting volumes of data that companies acquire every second of every day.
It holds out the promise of automated decision-making; elimination of unnecessary manual intervention; consistent, smooth workflow; and a high-quality response to business events. The outcome is an agile business that can bend and flex more easily in response to internal and external change.
However, proprietary solutions for creating an intelligent integrated enterprise come with massive licence fees. The requirement to earmark large, open-ended budgets means that many businesses may be missing out on the potential benefits.
What's more, the upfront cost of purchasing the software is only the beginning. Whatever the sales hype, anyone promoting an out-of-the-box solution is spinning a line. Business rules platforms are extremely powerful tools that can transform the enterprise, but they cannot be adopted overnight. To be truly effective and map onto your business, any solution will need to be precisely tailored to your processes. The professional services required to engineer proprietary solutions into the enterprise are usually accompanied by a high price tag.
Over-blown proprietary solutions on the market with a one-size-fits-all approach usually comprise unnecessarily sophisticated functionality, with customers paying extra for features that they rarely use. In contrast, lean open-source solutions are readily available that efficiently and effectively align with business requirements.
An organic approach to building the intelligent integrated enterprise allows change to be initiated by business need, rather than imposed top down. Red Hat encourages customers to begin by addressing a specific challenge in a line of business. Let's take a recent example, where an internal analyst team makes decisions based on spreadsheets that are updated daily.