In P.W. Singer's New York Bestseller, Wired for War, he writes, "World War I proved to be an odd, tragic mix of outmoded generalship combined with deadly new technologies." The generals were simply not able to comprehend how new technologies were fundamentally changing warfare and the ways battles would be fought and won. They continued to cling to the traditional methods and models passed down over generations. I know there are challenges today with executives and managers struggling to understand how to use new mobile technologies and social networking in their organizations.
Singer continues, "From the machine gun and radio to the airplane and tank, transformational weapons were introduced in the war, but the generals could not figure out just how to use them." Can you relate with what is going on in your organization?" Are your management teams playing with iPads, iPhones, BlackBerrys and other toys but not yet understanding how they can transform your enterprise and your business processes?"
"Instead, they clung to nineteenth-century strategies and tactics and the conflict was characterized by brave but senseless charges back and forth across a no-man's-land of machine guns and trenches." Singer goes on to detail the history, evolution and adoption of technology in the battlefield. There is so much we can learn from these WWI experiences. New and emerging mobile technologies, M2M (machine-to-machine) and embedded wireless technologies today have advanced far beyond most managers' ability to comprehend their transformational capabilities.
I highly recommend the whitepaper entitled Networked Field Services to help management begin to understand how these technologies can transform a business.
Read Part 2 in this series here.
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