Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Horizontal v. Vertical Information Chains


One of the big picture issues for those of us advocating the use of IPD, BIM and lean processes is the need to avoid processes and work flows that leave information at the bottom of the silo in which it was produced.  Better yet, IPD, BIM and lean processes work best in a "Big Room" environment where the various stakeholders share information as needed on a real time basis.

The video interview below provides some great insights regarding the value of horizontal versus vertical information flow.  As Mr. Evans says:

Big data, Mr. Evans believes, has the potential to transform corporate strategy from prizing vertical integration (ie, owning parts of the value chain) to a horizontal approach, in which companies need to work more with outside firms. "It is standard, conventional wisdom that information is our biggest strategic advantage," he said.



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