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Friday, March 11, 2016

Why analytics, data science, big data and digital transformation initiatives fail?

Excerpt from the book The Rebel - Osho does explains nicely why most analytics, data science, big data and digital transformation initiatives fail? Its just because data alone can't change the organization, it has to be the culture of the organization that needs to be changed - an no, not after the new is built.

Old and New: Such is human mind

"I have heard about an old church: it was so ancient that people had stopped going there because even strong wind and the church would start swaying. It was so fragile, any moment it could fall. Even the priest had started giving his sermons outside the church, far away in the open ground.

Finally, the board of trustees had a meeting; something had to be done. But the trouble was that the church was very ancient - it was the glory of the town; their town was famous far and wide because of the old church: perhaps it was the oldest church in the world. It was not possible to demolish it and to make a new one. But it was also dangerous to let it remain as it was - it was going to kill someone. Nobody had been going in for years; even the priest was not courageous enough to go in because who knew at what moment the church would simply collapse? So something had to be done.

The board was in a very great dilemma: something had to be done, and nothing should be done because that church is so ancient, and man has been in such deep attachment with things that are ancient. So they passed a resolution with four clauses in it. The first was: "We will make a new church, but it will be exactly the same as the old. It will be made of the same material the old is made of - nothing new will be used in it, so it remains ancient. It will be made in the same place where the old church stands because that place has become holy by ancientness."

The last thing in their resolution was, "we will not demolish the old church until the new is ready." They were all happy that they had come to a conclusion. But who was going to ask those idiots, "how are you going to do it?" The old should not be demolished till the new was ready. And the new had to be made of everything the old was made of, in the same place where the old was standing, with exactly same architecture the old had. Nothing new could be added to it: the same doors, the same windows, the same glass, the same bricks - everything that needed to be used had to be of the old church.

And finally, they decided that the old should not be touched till the new was ready. "When the new is ready, then we can demolish the old."

Such is the humans mind: it clings to old, it also wants the new, and then it tries to find some compromise - that at least the new should be like the old. But a few things are impossible, nature just won't allow them.

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