Existential Decision-support for the Value Network

In the past, decision-making in business has been a periodic process based on information gathered and summarized or manipulated at specific intervals.  It has been difficult, but increasingly possible to perform some ad hoc analysis or computations as computing power has grown and become more affordable. These advances have proceeded now to the point where an increasing number of decisions are made in an existential context.  What I mean by this is that the combination of very timely, if not real-time, data with powerful analysis and collaboration capabilities now becoming available in enterprise level software provides an environment where managers can decide almost “in the moment” as the data are transformed into information across applications and even enterprises.  Several questions come to mind.  Are some of the decisions that we used to make “in batch mode” moving down the continuum of decision lead time into the immediate frame of reference?   If this is true, then how many decisions have actually moved and how much more transition will there be?  How will existential decisions remain aligned with more periodic tactical and operational decisions?


About Arnold Mark Wells
Industry, software, and consulting background. I help companies do the things about which I write. If you think it might make sense to explore one of these topics for your organization, I would be delighted to hear from you. I am currently employed by Incorta, but I am solely responsible for the content in Supply Chain Action.

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