Blog: Frank Buytendijk http://www.b-eye-network.com/blogs/buytendijk/ Welcome to my BeyeNETWORK blog, in which I will give you a little bit of a view "behind the scenes" of the articles that I am working on. In these articles and blogs in my channel, I'll be discussing IT matters from a more strategic and philosophical point of view. As the famous joke goes, "How many philosophers does it take to change a light bulb? Only one, but eight others to confer about how Nietzsche would have done it." What better place to confer than on the BeyeNETWORK. Copyright 2013 Tue, 16 Oct 2012 10:22:14 -0700 http://www.movabletype.org/?v=4.261 http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss Technology, what have you done for me lately? So, here's a new set of articles. Although they are not directly about business intelligence, I think they are extremely relevant for information management professionals. What is technology, and what should technology do for us? These seem simple questions, but try to answer them... the answer that I like best is that technology should augment human capability. But is technology doing that? Or are we as users often more the slave of technology? The typical ERP user would probably not... http://www.b-eye-network.com/blogs/buytendijk/archives/2012/10/technology_what.php http://www.b-eye-network.com/blogs/buytendijk/archives/2012/10/technology_what.php Tue, 16 Oct 2012 10:22:14 -0700 The Book is Out! Called Socrates Reloaded Finally, the book is out... "Socrates Reloaded: The Case for Ethics in Business and Technology" Are you enjoying the articles of B-Eye-Network? The published articles formed the basis of a book, "Socrates Reloaded". Essays with a common theme: how would the old philosophers view modern themes in business and IT. Light reading, but with a serious intention. Making people think and question what is right and wrong. In times of extreme technology innovation, we simply don't keep up in organizing... http://www.b-eye-network.com/blogs/buytendijk/archives/2012/09/the_book_is_out.php http://www.b-eye-network.com/blogs/buytendijk/archives/2012/09/the_book_is_out.php Mon, 10 Sep 2012 04:12:05 -0700 A Just Business Or Just A Business A new series of articles, on analytics and business ethics. Is business amoral, because the market supposedly is values-free? If the aim of business is to generate profit, lots of people would agree. Business should follow the instructions of the shareholders, and should let moral debates take place there. Others believe that business management has a strong moral obligation to society. The objective is to be profitable, as much as you can, but only by doing things that are good.... http://www.b-eye-network.com/blogs/buytendijk/archives/2012/09/a_just_business.php http://www.b-eye-network.com/blogs/buytendijk/archives/2012/09/a_just_business.php Mon, 10 Sep 2012 03:58:25 -0700 So, what is my opinion? We're sort of half way through what I have planned to write about philosophy and technology, and the area of analytics in particular. The common theme so far has been how the old philosophers would view modern themes in business and technology... But what is my opinion? Although I don't want to compare myself to the old philosophers, it is my pick of topics, my interpretation, so at one moment it does become relevant what I believe in. This is... http://www.b-eye-network.com/blogs/buytendijk/archives/2012/08/so_whats_my_opi.php http://www.b-eye-network.com/blogs/buytendijk/archives/2012/08/so_whats_my_opi.php Fri, 03 Aug 2012 06:57:18 -0700 Yes, you are a philosopher too... Every profession has its own philosophy. There's political philosophy, medical philosophy, legal philosophy, religious philosophy, scientific philosophy and so forth. There is also a branch called philosophy of technology, but during a brief moment of popularity, it was dominated by cyberpunks and futurists. Somehow philosophy is not very popular in the IT industry. In this new series of articles I will argue that this is odd, at the least. First of all, as I point out in the first article,... http://www.b-eye-network.com/blogs/buytendijk/archives/2012/06/yes_you_are_a_p.php http://www.b-eye-network.com/blogs/buytendijk/archives/2012/06/yes_you_are_a_p.php Wed, 20 Jun 2012 13:50:01 -0700 Socrates Reloaded: In Search of Wisdom We have enough intelligence, what we need is more wisdom. Perhaps a discussion on wisdom feels a bit esoteric for this forum, but I think it makes sense to understand a little bit more about wisdom, for a number of reasons: * It is a humbling experience to experience that with all our analytical skills, we can't really define a term such as wisdom. Obviously there are limits to our business skills... * Wouldn't many of us want to be... http://www.b-eye-network.com/blogs/buytendijk/archives/2012/05/socrates_reload.php http://www.b-eye-network.com/blogs/buytendijk/archives/2012/05/socrates_reload.php Sun, 06 May 2012 10:40:00 -0700 The Great Philosophers on Governance The current series of articles is on IT governance. It is going to be broader than BI governance (although that is certainly a major theme in most organizations), but about IT governance in general. Sometimes it is important to take a step back and see issues in their wider perspective. Topics I cover in the first article include: Why is IT Governance such an important issue in most organizations? What is the task of senior management? How should budgets be... http://www.b-eye-network.com/blogs/buytendijk/archives/2012/03/the_great_philo.php http://www.b-eye-network.com/blogs/buytendijk/archives/2012/03/the_great_philo.php Sat, 03 Mar 2012 16:09:00 -0700 The Myth of the One Version of the Truth In information management, professionals have tried to create a single version of the truth for tens of years - with little success. Not for the lack of trying. At some point you need to ask yourself if "keep trying and wait for better circumstances" is the best approach. Perhaps it is better to ask yourself a few more fundamental questions, like "are we trying to solve the right problem?" and "are we on the right track with the way we... http://www.b-eye-network.com/blogs/buytendijk/archives/2011/12/the_myth_of_the.php http://www.b-eye-network.com/blogs/buytendijk/archives/2011/12/the_myth_of_the.php Thu, 15 Dec 2011 11:00:00 -0700 Who owns your data? (Follow me on Twitter: @FrankBuytendijk) Data governance is still a big issue. Within organizations certainly, but that is actually the easy bit. Data governance in the public sector, affecting the privacy of citizens, is a much bigger issue. The public sector is discovering business intelligence, but is lagging behind in setting the rules for using it. I read about methodological discussions, legal arguments, and -- of course -- the endless capabilities of technologies. But what about the ethical issues? What... http://www.b-eye-network.com/blogs/buytendijk/archives/2011/10/who_owns_your_d.php http://www.b-eye-network.com/blogs/buytendijk/archives/2011/10/who_owns_your_d.php Wed, 26 Oct 2011 03:44:35 -0700 Need your help... what should be the title of my next book? Need your help. I need a title for my new book. It will be a collection of essays that have a common theme: how the old philosophers would have looked at modern themes in business and IT. Should it be called: - The Plato App - The Machiavellian CIO (has been used before) - Tech-know-logy - iThink, therefore iAm - ... And what should the subtitle be? - A practical and philosophical guide to the world of IT - Philosophy... http://www.b-eye-network.com/blogs/buytendijk/archives/2011/10/need_your_help.php http://www.b-eye-network.com/blogs/buytendijk/archives/2011/10/need_your_help.php Mon, 03 Oct 2011 06:29:20 -0700 Whose data is it, anyway? Data governance is still a big issue. Within organizations certainly, but that is actually the easy bit. Data governance in the public sector, affecting the privacy of citizens, is a much bigger issue. The public sector is discovering business intelligence, but is lagging behind in setting the rules for using it. I read about methodological discussions, legal arguments, and -- of course -- the endless capabilities of technologies. But what about the ethical issues? What is "right" and what is... http://www.b-eye-network.com/blogs/buytendijk/archives/2011/08/whose_data_is_i.php http://www.b-eye-network.com/blogs/buytendijk/archives/2011/08/whose_data_is_i.php Wed, 31 Aug 2011 07:25:04 -0700 Medieval Best Practices Medieval Best Practices is the first article of already the third series of articles on strategy, philosophy and analytics. I am arguing that many of the discussions we are having around the right approach towards business intelligence, data warehousing and so forth are purely dogmatic of nature. In Part II, I elaborate on what advice the philosophers in the Age of Enlightenment would have had for us. They would have urged us to think for ourselves, and not blindly adopt... http://www.b-eye-network.com/blogs/buytendijk/archives/2011/06/medieval_best_p.php http://www.b-eye-network.com/blogs/buytendijk/archives/2011/06/medieval_best_p.php Tue, 14 Jun 2011 08:45:58 -0700 What is fact-based, anyway? After the series of articles on how Marx predicted the end of Google and Facebook (part 1, part 2, and part 3), I have just finished a new series of articles on the "analytical world". Again, this series has three parts. In part 1, I argue that although "fact-based management" and "competing on analytics" both sound really cool, the concepts have some serious shortcomings. According to most philosophers, there is not much we can really know for sure. And analytics,... http://www.b-eye-network.com/blogs/buytendijk/archives/2011/03/what_is_fact-ba.php http://www.b-eye-network.com/blogs/buytendijk/archives/2011/03/what_is_fact-ba.php Thu, 31 Mar 2011 08:20:44 -0700 Marx, Google and Facebook It is encouraging to see how many people have found my channel "The Machiavellian CIO: Strategy, Analytics, Philosophy and More" and my first article about the iThink already. The first series of three articles is now published, keeping the philosophy theme light, before we'll get serious! In this series of three I'll discuss how Marx actually predicted the end of Google and Facebook. I can't recall how I saw the connection, but the similarities are striking. Where in the industrial... http://www.b-eye-network.com/blogs/buytendijk/archives/2011/01/marx_google_and.php http://www.b-eye-network.com/blogs/buytendijk/archives/2011/01/marx_google_and.php Fri, 21 Jan 2011 08:00:00 -0700