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Mapmakers vs Opaquers - new book by DEJ's editor

Friday, September 4, 2020

Perhaps when people complain about "resistance to change" or "information overload" with digital projects, perhaps the root cause is a lack of a clear map of what the technology is meant to do - some ideas from a book published this week by Digital Energy Journal's editor.

The book is written jointly by Karl Jeffery, editor of Digital Energy Journal, and Dimitris Lyras, founder of Ulysses Systems, a software company focussing on decision support in maritime and offshore sector.

The book explores better ways to get clear maps of how digital technology should be implemented in organisations. Also the various ways, and various people, who make digital technology projects opaque.

There are common complaints we hear about organisational digital technology implementations - the large number of projects which are deemed failures or do not help organisations reach goals, the "resistance to change" from people involved, "information overload" or "lack of agility". Could the root cause of this be that people don't understand how the technology is meant to work?

The book shows that clear maps can apply in all levels of digital technology - from the core organisational goals set by leaders and passed onto domain experts, to the tools which are modelled to give them situation awareness, to technologies such as low code, digital twins, cloud data management and data standards.

You can download the book free here , or for your Kindle from Amazon for $1 here (US) here (UK).




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