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2. Enterprise System
The notion of Enterprise System belongs to the fundamental tenet of our philosophy.
It is our petitio principii that the Enterprise and its transformation will benefit from the rational approach and the attempt to adopt a scientific method.
By "Enterprise", we mean any type of organized and willful entity or action. Considering the Enterprise as a system helps to cope with its complexity.
2.1. The Enterprise is a complex object.
2.1.a) By "complexity", we mean that the object can be understood and its behavior can be predicted only by considering numerous inter-related elements.
2.1.b) Enterprise complexity stems from the many different planes of its key components, the great variety of its in-house expertise and knowledge and the autonomy of will and action of all its component parts - which are themselves complex systems.
2.1.c) When neglected, this complexity can lead to wrong decisions being made and alter the running and being of the Enterprise.
2.2. The Enterprise System is the Enterprise that perceives itself as a system.
2.2.a) Considering the Enterprise as a system emphasizes its nature as a complex object, made up of many interconnected parts working together.
2.3. The Enterprise System embeds many aspects.
2.3.a) It is not possible to understand and master the Enterprise without first untangling its many aspects.
2.3.b) Many different disciplines are required to understand the Enterprise System, in both its individual aspects and as a whole.
2.3.c) It is not enough to just summon all the required disciplines; the specialties need to be linked together, so that the unity of the Enterprise System is preserved and understood.
2.4. For a good and actionable description of the Enterprise System, the aspects have to be both separated and linked together.
2.4.a) Describing the aspects of the Enterprise System is a way to simplify the representation, assign responsibilities, clarify the decision making process and manage the competences.
2.4.b) What has been separated for the sake of analysis must be rearticulated, otherwise the complexity is ignored. The aspects must, therefore, be linked together by carefully analyzing their dependencies.
2.5. Before any design or transformation of the Enterprise System is undertaken, its reality and environment must be understood.
2.6. The business of the Enterprise manifests itself across three aspects: knowledge, organization and geography.
2.7. The Enterprise System encompasses aspects that relate to its internal equipment and the deployment of the means at its disposal.