Lean IT

Escrito el 23 septiembre 2009 por Antonio Zabaleta en Lean Services

According to wikipedia Lean IT is the application of Lean principles to Information technology, what means two things: get ride of waste in order to maximise the value and reduce the cost. It is the same philosophy: every process can be improved and things can be done better

CA has recently published a survey among 562 IT managers of 14 countries (including Spain), with the following results: 79% of European CIOs want to extend their IT-Security,88% want to invest in service management, 76% into infrastructure and operations management.

It seems that many companies are investing in IT in the present economic situation with a clear goal: maximise value and reduce costs. Going further they want to optimise the value stream and not only eliminate waste but also improve the quality of the product / service. Companies that make the correct decisions not only will reduce costs but also will improve its competitive situation to exit stronger from this crisis

Peter Waterhouse remembers us the 8 elements of waste in IT (Waterhouse, Peter. Improving IT Economics: Thinking Lean& rdquo;. CA White Paper. November 2008.): defects, overproduction, waiting, non-value added, processing, transportation, inventory (excess), motion (excess), employee knowledge (unused).

According to this information, my question is: Do you think that exist a clear Lean IT culture in Europe? Or only in multinational companies? Can this represent a positive result from this crisis: the increase of investments in Lean IT? Is the increase in Lean IT investments bigger than in other areas?


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