As we come up for new year air , it is not just Climate Change we need to worry about. The evidence shows the internet revolution may be disappearing into a Cloud.
Given way to an “On the Run” methodology called as “Agile”. is the longstanding System Development Life Cycle (SDLC, as the way to plan and deliver projects that drove the internet revolution.
At the same time project managers line up in droves in redundancy queues. their replacements, change management agents and business intelligence leaders, are now firmly entrenched.
Bankers, who traditionally lent the money as the way ideas become a successful business, are being replaced too. At first it was at a drip feed pace, but now to its almost frenzied, as an always competitive Pitch based approach sees the Venture Capitalists, claiming this lucrative space.
Four letter words like BOSS WORK and HOME are also replaced by a three letter acronyms, known as TLA’s. This leaves Managing Directors and Finance Directors all but gone
. In their place we see PWC and a plethora of Business Consulting firms, know as BCA’s, who advise the Chief Financial Officer we call CFO.
The job of the CFO is to keep on hand, for the Board and Shareholders, a constant supply of clean SOX. On the other hand keeping the CEO up to speed, is another CFO mission designed to keep them both stay out of jail The job of the CEO then, being the biggest O, is a hands off one, to just plan the course and focused on the strategy to get everyone there.
A COO does the actual steering as operations directors are now all defunct. As the COO directs the business, he has there to help a CIO on information, a CTO on Technology , a CBO, on Business Intelligence and a CMO on Marketing and so on.
HOME too is now a place of WORK replacing the traditional go to the office that legacy no longer resonates with the lost institution called leisure that often began with “Hi Honey I’m Home”.
Small Office Home Offices known as SOHO’s are now seen all over the world. And collectively remote workers at HOME or in SOHO’s, often don’t ever talk to each other face to face, They all now collaborate in the Cloud.
The traditional Management Team too with practices like team building, career and succession planning, have also moved over for the C’s. now in charge They in turn have Seagulls to fly in and fly out to poop on workers not meeting quotas.
Managers, who used to be respected and responsible, are now seen as passé. In their place we see Vice Presidents and Executive Managers who come and go at the whim of new Job Search prizes. How long is it since we saw a Human resources manager? Vice President’s of Human resources and so on are abundant. Curiously too in some companies they have a raft of VP’s who answer to know-one, given there is no President, just a CEO.
Sales people too used to have one of the most important jobs. But sadly, VP’s of Sales and Executive Business Development Managers, who now have to be supermom experts on all their companies products. They too spend their days going about replacing salespeople with channel partners and agents who in turn often know little more than the commission rate they will get. All too often too, to close deals they use benefits hooks on sent to them on PowerPoint .
That is even more confusing to VP’s of Global Supply Chain Management, who actually still just want to buy goods. But they too have replaced the purchasing managers, who knew who sold what and where, because they were face to face people who stayed up to date, . Now Artificially Inseminated Robots known as AI or BOTS, look down us from the clouds and unlike the past, they never buy you lunch.
It seems too that even who does the work is no longer clear. Be they modern well fed sweat shops in factories or well oiled chain gangs in offices , replacement is happening there too. Global Supply Chains, invisible to social controls seen only in the Cloud, do the real work.