You’re in the early stages of developing a few net-new cloud-based inventory and supply chain management systems. In the first few meetings, you start to feel uneasy: Technology is being discussed way too early in the process. The signs are unmistakable. Your team is not focusing on core requirements or defining the business case. Instead, people are talking about newer technology trends, such as containers and serverless.
I’m picking on these technologies specifically, but it could be any technology for that matter, including generative AI, edge computing, or any new topic spotlighted at the last cloud vendor conference. The concern is not that you’re picking technology—that must happen at some point—you’re doing so too early in the process and you’ll likely make underoptimized decisions, focusing too much on the end-state technology solution rather than on requirements and business value.
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