One of the many challenges SMAC presents is that it can dramatically increase the amount of data your enterprise needs to manage. This challenge has motivated the folks from Gartner to highlight business intelligence and analytics as the current number-one priority for corporate IT.
Wikipedia describes it - Network Centric Operations seek to translate an information advantage, enabled in part by information technology, into a competitive advantage through the robust networking [read mobile and social technologies] of well informed geographically dispersed groups. This networking—combined with changes in technology, organization, processes, and people—may allow new forms of organizational behavior.
I believe the "new forms" of organizational behavior are being accelerated by social collaboration among the mobile, connected and well informed.
Specifically, the theory [Network Centric Operations] contains the following four tenets in its hypotheses:
- A robustly networked organization improves information sharing.
- Information sharing enhances the quality of information and shared situational awareness.
- Shared situational awareness enables collaboration and self-synchronization, and enhances sustainability and speed of decision making and execution.
- These three points dramatically increase operational effectiveness.
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