Saturday, May 18, 2013

Big Data – The Antithesis of Lean Thinking | Bill Waddell

by Michel Baudin

“It’s too bad lean thinking is free. I suppose that’s not entirely true; a lean transformation actually costs a few bucks for the learning – consultants, books and training. But it is nothing like the cost of an ERP system, and it pales in comparison to ERP thinking on steroids – ‘Big Data’. Because the ERP and Big Data providers play in such a high dollar arena they can and do spend a lot on very focused marketing efforts. IBM, a company that stands to gain quite a bit from Big Data becoming the focus of business management, is providing “software, curriculum, case studies—including guest speakers” to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Fordham, Yale and about 300 other schools. Too bad those schools aren’t cranking out kids steeped in lean thinking, but there is no one who stands to make a enough money from peddling lean in a position to buy college curriculums on such a scale…”

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