Posted by: pen2bit | February 8, 2009

A personal thought on an article published by Businessweek !

As a manager how do like to form your team for next assignment?


As an employee how far do like your company’s managers access your personal information? What would you


like to be saved out of your personal information on the human resources department’s computer hard drives 


and be accessible?


Do you think privacy is more important than efficiency?


IBM, a pioneer leader in modeling, right after World War II started to convert real world business problems  by


using a new science called Operations Research. It constructed a mathematical model of the company’s industrial supply chain. This modeling is go to hit some new


area in business world, Human resources management. “NumerAti” is the title that was given to such new data modeling. In the Numerati all personnel will have numbers attached to their Identification Code, those number shows the skills, time available, social network(s) he belongs, un official organization membership, way he drives, team work abilities and all other information that a sound clever mind can think of.

An excerpt from the article  to help you picture it:

“…Picture an IBM manager who gets an assignment to send a team of five to set up a call center in Manila. She sits down at the computer and fills out a form. It’s almost like booking a vacation online. She puts in the dates and clicks on menus to describe the job and the skills needed. Perhaps she stipulates the ideal budget range. The results come back, recommending a particular team. All the skills are represented. Maybe three of the five people have a history of working together smoothly. They all have passports and live near airports with direct flights to Manila. One of them even speaks Tagalog.


Everything looks fine, except for one line that’s highlighted in red. The budget. It’s $40,000 over! The manager sees that the computer architect on the team is a veritable luminary, a guy who gets written up in the trade press. Sure, he’s a 98.7% fit for the job, but he costs $1,000 an hour. It’s as if she shopped for a weekend getaway in Paris and wound up with a penthouse suite at the Ritz.

Do the math

Hmmm. The manager asks the system for a cheaper architect. New options come back. One is a new 29-year-old consultant based in India who costs only $85 per hour. That would certainly patch the hole in the budget. Unfortunately, he’s only a 69% fit for the job. Still, he can handle it, according to the computer, if he gets two weeks of training. Can the job be delayed?


This is management in a world run by Numerati. As IBM sees it, the company has little choice. The workforce is too big, the world too vast and complicated for managers to get a grip on their workers the old-fashioned way—by talking to people who know people who know people. Word of mouth is too foggy and slow for the global economy. Personal connections are too constricted. “


It is a big step toward new more efficient management and a step to expose more private data!


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