O is for organisation

This post is part of a continuing series, “Digital: from A to Z,” that explores what it means to be “digital” from A to Z, broken down into individual blog posts diving deeper into various subjects. Check back regularly to see continuing posts as I work my way through the alphabet and let me know: What’s in your A to Z of digital? You can find me on twitter @Max_Hemingway or leave a comment below.

The “as code” economy is growing at a fast rate, with computing services being consumed as code (e.g., cloud, as a service) rather than as physical entities. Infrastructure as Code looks at making hardware capable of being controlled at a code level, enabling microservices and the ability to consume capability quickly.

This is allowing organisations to grow without the need for real estate or physical assets, such as an office or IT system. This is moving organisations to the next stage: “Organisation as Code.” Companies such as Airbnb and Uber provide a good example of an Organisation as Code, building services and the supporting organisation in the cloud and allowing it to be consumed anywhere by users across the world.

Currently there is still a need for a physical presence as an organisation grows, to meet laws and criteria for operating a business across the many countries in which they operate. However, some of these criteria are starting to be challenged through the automation of processes. Other demands, such as security, create a need for staff to monitor, patch and maintain the levels of security required for the code and the organisation, driving the need for staff and ultimately an HR person or department.

AI bots can be used to interface with the users of the system and employees, but ultimately there is a need for a human at some point in the conversation.

It may be some time before we see a fully coded organisation, but we are moving that way in small and big steps over time.

Digital transformation is, after all, a business transformation activity, not just a technical transformation. One aspect of business change will always be organisational change.

Join me next time as I look at “P is for programming” in my Digital A-Z series.  See my last post, N is for networks.

This entry was originally posted in Max’s blog.

Max Hemingway — Senior Architect

Max is a senior architect for DXC in the United Kingdom. With more than 25 years of experience, he has a broad and deep range of technical knowledge and is able to translate business needs into IT-based solutions. Currently the chief architect of the BAE Systems account in the UK, Max has a proven track record acquired through continual client engagement and delivery of leading edge infrastructures, all of which have delivered positive results for end-clients, including IT cost reduction, expansion of service capability and increased revenues.


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