For my first blog I thought I’d explain the rationale behind one of Altuity’s key approaches to business – simplicity from complexity.
We live in a complex, interconnected world. However, this complexity isn’t always needed – we inadvertently complicate it ourselves or others complicate it for us and yet beneath the complexity we’re often striving to do a relatively simple task.
“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication”
Leonardo da Vinci
For example, look at a remote control for the television. What was once a simple device has become multi-functional and multi-purpose whereas all I want to do is change channels. When I use Office products such as Excel or Word – I might use 50% (?) of their functionality and for me that 50% is more than sufficient. Unfortunately I can’t just pay for the 50% I do use.
The same complexity exists in management systems. Enterprise level solutions are perfect for enterprise level problems. Some organisations need the complexity and rich functionality these offer to satisfy demanding needs. However, other organisations facing the same challenges but on a smaller scale do not require that complexity leaving them with software over complicated for their needs; or software too simplistic or a dependency on manual processes leaving them disenfranchised from systems entirely.
Some functionality offered in enterprise level solutions would be of significant benefit to these disenfranchised organisations. For example, the ability to manage data spatially in a map based environment but without the need for a Geographical Information System (GIS). Or the ability to use as built / site survey plans, created in Computer Aided Design (CAD) software, in a browser to locate site data rather than being restricted by delivery in a PDF format.
How can we open up software to help these users and make inaccessible software functionality available to them without needing to invest in systems which are over-complex and expensive ? How can we do this in a way which simplifies this functionality by focusing on the key fundamentals of what our users want to do without unnecessary compromise ?