holistic (holistic technology)

Holistic (holistic technology) is a concept concerned with treatment of entire systems, rather than the analysis, treatment or segmentation of parts of those systems.

Holistic (holistic technology) is an approach to IT management that is concerned with viewing and treating a complex computer system as a single entity.

Just as a holistic approach to medicine treats each patient as an integrated system and considers how the mind affects the body, a holistic approach to technology focuses on the interdependence of system components.

Holistic approaches include:

Systems thinking - a holistic approach to analysis that focuses on the way that a system's constituent parts interrelate, how systems work over time and how they work within the context of even larger systems.

Process-centric BPM - a holistic approach to BPM that centers on business processes themselves, rather than individual elements such as documents, workflow or people.  

Information governance - a holistic approach to managing corporate information by implementing processes, roles, controls and metrics that treat information as a valuable business asset.

Supply chain sustainability - a holistic perspective of supply chain processes and technologies that go beyond the focus of delivery, inventory and traditional views of cost.

Enterprise risk management - a holistic approach to planning, organizing, leading, and controlling an organization's activities in order to minimize the effects of risk on capital and earnings.

This was first published in August 2013

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