Definition

holistic (holistic technology)

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.

Contributor(s): Emily McLaughlin
This was last updated in August 2013
Posted by: Margaret Rouse

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