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The Revolution in Military Affairs

During my time in the military, much was made about the concept of the Revolution in Military Affairs (see the wikipedia article here for more information).  The basic concept was that the technologies, integrations, and changing nature of warfare is reaching a critical mass and that things are never going to be the same again.

It's interesting to look at the key factors that the military was examing that made it think that something more important that the standard churnout from the military industrial complex was happening.  It is specifically tied to Technological and Organizational recommendations - especially in the areas of communications and total systems integration.

This is from NATO:

"A Revolution in Military Affairs (RMA) is a major change in the nature of warfare brought about by the innovative application of new technologies which, combined with dramatic changes in military doctrine and operational and organisational concepts, fundamentally alters the character and conduct of military operations."

Rewritten:

"A Revolution in Enterprise Affairs (REA) is a major change in the nature of enterprise brought about by the innovative application of new technologies which, combined with dramatic changes in doctrine and operational and organisational concepts, fundamentally alters the character and conduct of enterprise operations."

 

The parallels to what is happening in the enterprise are obvious when you look at what's being examined - and it's startling.  We truly are facing what can only be described as a Revolution in Enterprise Affiars.  When social networking applications such as facebook grow to the 10's of millions of users in a few short years, something truly different is going on.  The question is not whether you should embrace these technologies are right for you, but how are you going to embrace them faster than your competition, because one way or another,  these technologies collectively (wiki's, blog's, social collaboration, RSS and more) are changing the rules.  Those that join and drive the revolution will reap all the rewards these technologies offer; the rest will be left behind.

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