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The Business

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Here‘s some useful advice:

“Don’t lump all non-I.T. functions into a single bucket called the business!”

The post goes on to give examples of how to sell the idea of an SOA to a variety of audiences within the enterprise.  However, I think that the quote above is worth re-reading.  I find referring to “the business” to be inaccurate and unhelpful.  Is it really the case that “the business” want to do x – or is it department y or the Head of z.  This contextual information is crucial.   Three things happen without it.  Firstly, the wrong solution may be identified – for instance, a strategic enterprise solution may be identified where a point solution would have sufficed.  Secondly, the impression is created that there is an enterprise wide consensus.  Thirdly, it implies a them and us situation.  If you’ve got into the habit of referring to “the business”, make an effort to identify who you really mean.


Written by remark

May 22, 2007 at 10:26 pm

Posted in Development, General

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  1. Bravo. I’ve always despised that term.


    May 23, 2007 at 8:25 am

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