Mahesh Yogi lists five Fundamentals of Progress, he said were evolutionary principles that apply in all areas of life. If these are achieved, it could lead you to the 6th Element. However, could this theory be applied to an IT environment? Is the secret to the IT organization success achieving the 6th element?
1. Stability – This is the bare minimum of IT processes, applications, systems, etc In other words, what it takes for your IT organization to keep the lights on.
2. Adaptability – An IT environment is always changing. To be successful, an organization must be able to adapt to growing landscapes, emerging technologies, new processes, new people, mergers, acquisitions, etc.
3. Purification – To enhance customer satisfaction and improve business outcomes, an emerging company must be constantly refining and improving, in other words purifying its IT/business processes. The emphasis on improving business performance through improving IT processes is a central defining feature of the Six Sigma, LeanThinking, and other approaches to business-performance improvement that are being increasingly adopted by leading companies worldwide, including Motorola, GE, FEDEX, Dupont, and many others.
4. Integration –Through the evolution of IT globalization and expansion, silos were formed and created independent, narrow IT processes and technologies across the organization. What was introduced was more manual handoffs which created errors and delays causing IT organizations to add more hardware or headcount in order to scale their business. Integration of systems and applications are now essential for companies to grow and stay competitive.
5. Growth – In Maharishi’s model the four preceding qualities – stability, adaptability, purification and integration combine as a platform for growth. Develop these qualities, and you have the basis for your own innovation growth, to actualise your own IT vision – to live out your company’s destiny or dharma.Which leads us to….Sixth Element (Self, Intelligence & Mind)- A conscious IT landscape runs seamlessly through integrated systems and processes that creates its unique identity, unique flavor and then fuels it. It is imbued with the higher purpose, and the values and the recognition of the interdependence of all the best emerging technologies, processes and most intelligent and creative people. A conscious IT organization has a higher purpose than the simple optimization of keeping the lights on. It is one in which all IT stakeholders are valued as individuals and their personal fulfillment is a stated goal. It is also a business that is managed to be of the greatest benefit to their external customers, 3rd party vendors and internal customers.