(Guestblog by my friend, John Berkeljon, CFO of BStriker.com)
Transparency is what we all strive for but find it hard or impossible to get.
Most have given up on transparency. Can someone explain the tax on a flight ticket to me?
We believe that we are masters in “being in control” and “being economically efficient”. We annually spend trillions of dollars on tools and people to stay in control and to become ever more efficient. Is it possible to achieve this without transparency?
For many areas there are al sorts of brilliant tools that will help you to obtain transparency and we see the pendulum moving between secure enterprise solutions and ease of use BI tools. The latest step is to combine the two. In a few clicks you can securely slice and dice all the information available. I’m jealous of the people now working with it. In my previous career I had to do without. Trying to get information from an accounting system, having additional tools for relevant but non-accounting information. Trying to use Excel or other tools to make sense of it all. Once you believe you created the ultimate report things change, tools change and we had to get to the drawing board and start all over again.
Centralisation by integration and collaboration is the key to transparency.
In my current career I come across the same problems as those I faced before. In the world of software testing, the last defence before a potential disaster hits you, transparency is especially difficult. Ask Amazon or any car manufacturer, ask the most advanced banks in the world in Holland how they rank on the disaster list? Transparency is the logical step of being in control and economically efficient. Over the last 6 months we have spoken with dozens of companies in different parts of the world. These companies were mostly enterprises and they all suffered from the same problems. The most advanced companies work with several tools for the different aspects of software testing but no centralised tool to inform the users and stakeholders. The less advanced companies use one of the most famous and flexible tools in the world: Excel, in some cases combined with other tools. It feels like it’s a generally accepted methodology until they realise they have no transparency and therefore no control.
It is really very simple and easy to obtain this control and economical benefit by transparency if you want it. People only believe when they see it. We received the following remark: I have been in the software business for 20 years and I have never seen it and neither was I able to create this, implying: and therefore it’s not possible.
At that moment I realised that bringing transparency is like selling a Utopia. Luckily we meet people open enough to try our BStriker Test Manager and see for themselves and then come back with extremely positive feedback and decide to change their way of working from now on. Some even become scared of the transparency when they try us but then try to overcome this with our help.
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