OPPORTUNITY TO GROW
Traditional information processing paradigms (i.e., paper-based work environments) of knowledge management today are mostly devoid of capabili-ties for continuous learning and unlearning brought upon by discontinuous internal and environmental change.
The core capabilities which you might confidently have today become tomorrow’s core rigidities be-cause the body of knowledge are not being given an opportunity to grow, ex-pand or renew itself.
Therefore, proper design and use of automated knowledge-based management systems ensures that adaptation and innovation of an organisation’s perform-ance and outcomes occurs in alignment with the changing dynamics of both their internal and external environments.
But, in order to be able help other community-based organisations work more sustainably in the dynamic environments they face at the community level, regardless of whether they are focused on health, education, employment, etc., the Foundation must necessarily first address itself building up its own core internal capacities and capabilities using ICT as the driver to help others move forward.
This enunciated objective, one among others found in its own set of Trust Deed purposes, has now become its first order of business.
For any organisation, acquiring and employing ICT-based systems is both com-plex and expensive. Complex because most people do not have knowledge or expertise in specifying detailed functionalities and features of software which they really need. Resultantly, they either get it wrong or never get down to doing it. Expensive because technology has never been known to be other-wise.
There are also challenges that arise when attempts are made to integrate dif-ferent systems under a common platform. Getting these to work seamlessly together on a wide-scale computerized network often involving remote locations that could involve thousands upon thousands of individual end-users.
Because the Foundation has a clear ICT development approach and strategy, these seemingly daunting tasks and challenges actually turn out to be oppor-tunities when viewed in light of economies-of-scale and when ‘cloud computing technologies are taken into consideration.