Wellington software start-up LINQ and IT consultancy Equinox IT have formed a consulting partnership under which Equinox IT will use the LINQ platform to help its New Zealand consulting clients model and manage the various ‘information supply chains’ that operate across their organisations.
The LINQ platform is claimed to be the first system “designed to deliver insights through the understanding of information supply chains.” According to LINQ the platform models the way information flows through an organisation in support of business outcomes, identifies an organisation’s most valuable information assets and describes the people and systems that support this flow.
Equinox IT director, Paul Ramsay, described LINQ as “an incredibly valuable platform” for any organisation looking to undertake successful business change and transformation.
“We get involved in many change projects and LINQ will help us advise our clients on the best options for their transformation needs,” he said. “The models LINQ produces effectively provide a ‘visual business case’, helping to highlight the best options to add value or reduce costs.”
LINQ CEO, Stew Darling, said the partnership would help New Zealand organisations digitally transform their businesses in order to remain relevant. Equinox IT is LINQ’s first Wellington consulting partner, and the company says it is growing its consulting partner network globally.
According to a LINQ white paper LINQ bridges the communication gap between the IT experts and the non-technical executives by describing an information ecosystem in terms of the information supply chains (ISCs) which connect sources of information to decision support outputs.
“In LINQ, systems and people are shown as enablers of these information flows which removes both complexity and emotion from change discussions,” it says. “A non-technical executive can lead improvement initiatives by asking IT experts to describe their technical proposals in terms of improved information flows.
“LINQ provides organisations with a persistent and authoritative view of the current state of their information ecosystem that is readily understood by board members and non-technical executives. This is significant for the same reasons that transparency of
manufacturing processes led to the revolution of the Toyota Production System; transparency leads to transformational enablement from executive to knowledge worker.”
The white paper claims that boards can understand and mitigate risks; executives understand and can act upon transformational opportunities and: “Enterprise architects and other senior technical roles are embracing LINQ as a ‘Babel Fish’ that allows them to communicate more effectively to non-technical executives and ensure that the resulting work puts technology to work on behalf of the business.”