Real Time Strategy

Operate in Real-Time – A Mobile Real Time Strategy


The importance of  a “real-time enterprise” discussion is to distinguish between objectives and reality. Few organizations are prepared at the enterprise or technology level to operate in real-time, or close to real-time. Most organizations have latency built into the business caused by internal and external factors. For example, the supply chain, existing processes, employees’ mindset, and policies. Every factor of an organization deserves scrutiny when the goal is to efficiently operate. To become a real-time enterprise takes a great deal of time, resources, and political will to re-engineer an entire organization around a real-time mandate.

Information systems are beginning to deliver on the promise of real-time operations through improvements in the performance of hardware, networks, and software. Further, organizations and individuals investing in mobile communication technology expands opportunities for collaboration in real-time.

Generally, an organization has the hardware and enterprise systems in place to complete tasks. However,  gaining competitive advantages is only a result of reducing the time it takes to collect, analyze, and redistribute data.  The evolution of the mobile worker is an ideal catalyst for crystallizing performance improvements into true business advantages. So, how do mobile devices help to achieve real-time operations? Real-time operations is not about implementing one more system or one more device.

Adding intelligence and integration to information and systems in which an organization has already invested, and creating channels that allow users to take advantage of available intelligence is the essence of real-time.

Comprehensive information and integration

In today’s data-rich market environment, an organization or an individual making decisions without adequate information operates at a significant disadvantage. Out-of-date information leads to poor decisions and missteps. Not having access to appropriate service interfaces result in critical delays, or incomplete tasks. In many cases, the right information and processes lie beneath layers of software and systems requiring excavation. Comprehensive information and integration should be the norm.


For example, real-time information delivery can provide an actuary claims information from a data center in California, mixed with financial performance benchmark data from New York, and cost of sales information from Boston. Additionally, elements of a transaction interface running on a New York mainframe, can also be included in the actuary’s information set.

Moreover, a mobile-based strategy is the ideal mechanism to deliver heterogeneous electronic assets to users. However, to deliver to mobile users requires enhanced coordination and effort to connect existing systems, transform data types to web-ready,  and mobile copy, and manage each transaction until completion. Do not underestimate the complexity of this first requirement, nor the number of systems mobile users need to access daily. Do not forget things change – as soon as one business scenario is worked out, the systems, people, or requirements change.

The nature of today’s business environment is constant change. A sophisticated, well-planned mobile strategy offers the unique ability to access and manage structured or unstructured content, no matter if the content resides in ERP, CRM, HR, documents, or legacy systems.

Ultimately, your organization’s challenge is to establish a flexible strategy that adapts to various formats, standards, protocols, and systems within your organization.

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Tune Your Information

Tune Your Information For An Effective Mobile Strategy


An unfortunate fact⎯employees spend large amounts of time re-creating information. Organizations and customers need to make informed decisions. A maze of systems, sources, sites, and repositories where the right information to support decision-making may be stored present unending challenges. Systems either contain incomplete information or too much information users are unable to filter to support informed decisions. Often users do not know the information they are looking for is there…

For instance, most enterprise systems offer an application interface to expose capabilities online. True to the Pareto principle, 80 percent of users typically require only 20 percent of the system’s available capabilities. A mobile strategy must include users’ information needs, their privileges to use enterprise information, and their current objectives. Then, the mobile strategy through data mining dynamically assembles and delivers the right information to support objectives.

Therefore, personalization allows systems and services (adaptive agents) to understand the profile of each user, every electronic asset, and create a match with the right information.

Adaptability on an enterprise scale

Many enterprise software applications offer attractive solutions to discrete business problems but cannot scale to support cross-departmental or global challenges.

Trying to extend solutions in the enterprise often creates a cycle  of hardware upgrades and custom development, which is the IT equivalent of painting yourself into a corner – at a certain point, any way out is going to be messy.

In addition, today’s IT teams struggle with the pace of changing technologies combined with the needs and demands of business.
Every department, every team, and every line of business has a list of priorities for IT support. Every business development, every optimization of a process, and every innovation means one more request for a new application, feature or report.

Moreover, IT teams struggle to make maximum reuse of completed work. To reuse completed work may mean reconfiguring applications for redeployment, or buying off-the-shelf software to meet needs. Further challenges involve  maintaining completed work, which often runs on different platforms in different languages. Information management within a mobile strategy regardless of the volume of transactions, and content, across the breadth of an enterprise should work together.  Architecting to scale, allows the use of services as much as needed.

IT systems are never static and information is constantly in flux. A business can gain competitive advantage as a result of IT innovation. Essentially, an effective mobile strategy connects  information repositories with  users on demand while providing a consistent user experience.

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Taliferro IT Consulting Spaces Out

Taliferro IT Consulting Spaces Out

What do you know about the following companies –

Virgin Galactic ✪ Planetary Resources ✪ Altius Space Machines ✪
Blue Marble Exploration ✪ Golden Spike?

The companies mentioned are pioneering suborbital space travel, space exploration, and other nontraditional expeditions. Coming soon is a growing space economy that will require companies to extend information technology to space or miss emerging opportunities for innovation, growth, and profits over the long term.

What better way to expand your information technology infrastructure than to an enterprise space management system. Imagine an infrastructure that manages your retail and/or operations suborbital, in orbit, or eventually on another planet. The next generation in commerce requires companies to develop capabilities that will process data, and convert data into meaningful use in space.

Taliferro’s core competency is mobile strategy. Our expertise and experience can help companies develop enterprise space management systems in the new commercial frontier.

Basic questions we will help your strategic development team explore…

  • How do we prepare our technology to operate in space?
  • How do we move our information technology into space?
  • How do we make our technology adaptable in space?
  • How do we provide space travel services?

We are broadening our landscape from the telecommunication and transportation industries to the next phase of IT evolution that fits perfectly within our mobile strategy expertise:

  • Distributed systems
  • SaaS
  • Cloud computing
  • System optimization

We will help your company develop a clear flight plan that diversifies your IT portfolio for the future.

Taliferro IT Consulting is a proud Bronze Sponsor of the MIT Enterprise Forum NorthWest “Space: Are We There Yet – Tourists, Entrepreneurs, & Miners in Orbit” panel discussion at the Museum of Flight, Seattle on September 16, 2013.