KDR Lab is an Information Management consulting firm with competent actionable foresight and intimate insight into ICT and Information Management. The foundation of KDR Lab's solutions is the Adaptive Cognitive Knowledge Continuum Model™ (ACKCM™) , which revolves around the principle of human cognition as being the most creative, and the most potent force for all intelligent information processing and decision making. Robust IT Systems are important, however, their effectiveness depends on the cognitive dexterity of system's designers and the users' business acumen.
We have developed a set of Management and Software Engineering methodologies, which can tremendously aid the managers and the corporate analysts in making intelligent decisions, anticipate events, predict trends, thus achieve spectacular results within shorter time.
Dr. Michael Polanyi (1891-1976)- one of the most eminent scientists in physical chemistry and epistemology - has postulated that:
There are however, innovative and practical management methodologies and knowledge sharing enablers which, if properly implemented, can persuade people to apply and share their most valuable tacit knowledge, thus deliver outstanding innovations and productivity gains.
"Man's most judicious trait, is a good sense of what not to believe." (Euripides) For most organizations the great challenge of today is how to manage the information overload. Complicating the situation, is the fact that much of the stored information is outdated and of low value. An astonishing array of ICT resources, analytical efforts, and financial outlays are dedicated to manage, or at least "do something" with the information deluge. Despite powerful technologies, it is becoming increasingly difficult to extract valuable information out of the corporate data stores bloated from useless or low grade data. @KDR Lab we help clients to meet the challenge of:
Today's powerful technologies offer outstanding information processing and facts codification capabilities. Yet, many technological solutions persistently fail to deliver on the promised paybacks on investments in Business Intelligence, Enterprise Knowledge, Online Presence, ERP, and CRM. It seems that those who are beholden to the technological wonders are either living in a perpetual state of bewilderment, wondering why so many of the promises of improved market knowledge, unified enterprise metadata and actionable intelligence have not materialized, or are oblivious to the fact that the paybacks have not materialized. The truth is that the binary logic gates of even the most powerful computers and the most sophisticated algorithms are incapable for serendipitous discovery. Only alert, imaginative and inquisitive minds are capable of serendipitous discoveries and intelligent response to unpredictable events. Technology offers neither foresight, nor can it offer abstract intelligence. Insight, foresight, discovery and abstraction are the faculties of trained and creative minds. Computers play strictly by the rules - square and fair; however, neither people nor market forces nor nature play by strict and predictable rules. Computers do not bend the rules impressed into their algorithm; people bend the rules all the time. This is one of the many limitations of even the most sophisticated artificial intelligence. In 1997, the IBM's Deep Blue beat the best of the best chess players in the world. How computers play the game is less important than the fact that people neither think nor play the way computers do: "...computers don't know when to accept a draw. Computes - at least currently existing computers--can't be bored or embarrassed, or anxious about losing the respect of the other players, and these are aspects of life that human competitors always have to contend with, and sometimes even exploit, in their games." (By Daniel C. Dennett. Higher Games - Technology Review) Organizational, business and social problems and challenges are fundamentally of human nature. And whilst it is prudent to consider all the pertaining facts, the creative mind transcends facts and facts based puritan logic. Managers, who are beholden to the wondrous technology constrain their own cognitive dexterity as well as limit the potential of the organization's talented workforce. At the other extreme of the organizational spectrum are those managers, who are impervious to the technological benefits, thus also numbing their own cognitive potential, or worst, dampening the enthusiasm of the talented people. Those, who are ignorant of the value of a creative mind's cognitive dexterity, intuition and laterality, consistently underperform. @KDR Lab we offer strategic and tactical consulting services which synthesize organization's Information Management Services with people's talent, experts' insights and management's foresight beyond the technology perspective. We help our clients to sharpen their focus on what needs to be done to:
Many CIOs and business leaders consider BI and KM to be the two most significant strategic initiatives for innovation and effectiveness. Whilst powerful technologies do play a major role in BI systems' overall composition, studies show that despite the powerful technologies, many BI systems are ineffective and inefficient. Most organizations struggle with information overload, and are short on strategic intelligence, thus the users of inefficient BI systems are hard pressed to turn information into actionable intelligence. Generating countless analytical reports out of mountains of data and information is far less challenging than making intelligent decision out of such reports. IBM suggests companies use less than 1% of their data for analysis, whilst a study by Business Objects (a leading provider of business intelligence software), found that 90% of the executives in 450 leading companies admit they make most of their decisions by gut instinct because they lack the right information when they need it. The BI tag has been fashionable for some time, and it sells. However, BI systems which cannot provides the decision makers with an ability to extract, extrapolate, and connect the useful information, can hardly be called Intelligent.
@ KDR Lab we offer an impressive array of skills, expertise and solid know-how for delivering effective BI implementations.
The ICT industry and the executive boardrooms are all abuzz with grand slogans, futuristic visions, and hyper expectations from Business Intelligence (BI). Most BI solutions promise to deliver the competitive edge, without the need for any serious intellectual input or expertise from the management. The inbuilt intelligent agents, neural networks, meta tagging, expert systems, semantic networks, OLAP, and the list of contextually meaningless or foggy acronyms is just growing longer. But looking closer under the skin of all the "new and innovative offerings will reveal to an expert that many of these are merely re-patched, or re-branded, decade-old technologies, which often do little more than fill up data repositories with ever increasing volume of low grade, incongruent and outdated data streams, which clog up communication channels, chew up valuable communication bandwidth, and fill up storage assets, thus inhibiting sound decision making.
So, re-inventing the wheel and doing the same thing over and over and expecting improvements is delusional. Just as delusional however, is retracting to the old ways of doing things, or undertaking costly projects under the pretence of instituting "new" change just for sake of the fashionable change is good mantra. Such delusions or dysfunctional tactics, precipitate shallowness and instill an enterprise-wide cynicism. Moreover, making sense out of the vast volume of low grade data and taking timely actions to support mission critical decisions is highly suspicious. However, the most damaging aspect of employing dysfunctional tactics is that they lead to the promotion of mediocrity and the shutting out of the bright minds that drive genuine innovations. So, is there a genuine solution? Yes, there is!
Enactment of BI & KM systems are critical in the complex, multi-tier environments, however; the at the core of every effective system must be the cognitive ability of the skilled people; for only the skills, expert know-how, experience and creativity of the workforce can deliver truly magnificent gains. Business rules, compliance, management's integrity, executive board's fiduciary and corporate governance are all indispensable. However, outdated and rigid organizational policies, practices and rituals often render compliance and good governance ineffective. Furthermore, inflexible structures and policies hinder rather than stimulate and foster innovation, creativity, excellence and prudent risk management.
@KDR Lab we have assembled a team of talented and highly skilled programmers, designers and analysts. Through our partners @CyberCoil Systems we offer outstanding web development services including:
We offer practical expertise of turning around underperforming operations into world-class efficient operations. The challenge of course is to explore and uncover the strength and the talent of the organization and to develop processes which will enable the organization to multiply, amplify and exploit such valuable assets. We have the know-how and the experience to unlock the creativity of specialists and release the managerial talent. This in turn will enable the organization to transform the underperforming operations into world-class, elastic operations, which will withstand not only competitive pressures, but also will be able to seize and create opportunities. We have the know-how and seasoned experience to deliver such transformations.We provide consulting services in the following specific fields:
- Asymmetric Paperless Information Exchange ASYMPLIX™ is our premier enterprise web application for creating dynamic online document templates for business correspondence. Its Dynamic Content Manipulation engine, allows users to manipulate the dynamic elements of a document template online, right within the body of the document, yet without altering or corrupting the predefined and pre-approved content. ASYMPLIX™ also has a built-in Automated Document Archiving System, which archives every online document completely transparently to the user, enabling authorized users to access the archived documents at any time from anywhere. ASYMPLIX™ also provides for 3 modes of transmission. With a single click users can:
One of the grandest promises of the ICT was to eliminate paper from offices, or at least significantly reduce paper consumption. Whilst in many areas the new ICT has delivered spectacular gains, it has failed miserably on the promise of reducing paper consumption. "The arrival of the personal computer.., combined with the arrival of networks ..., gave rise to much talk of a "paperless office" and, by extension, a "paperless society". However, the production and use of paper products is at an all-time high. Data reveal that consumption of paper for printing and writing alone has increased significantly over the last two decades. (Statistics Canada) Today, paper in offices is excessively used and with gross inefficiencies. Employees are printing out reams of single sided pages, and with extravagant wastage - much of the printed material is never or hardly read; just look around your printer bays; much of the printed pages go from printer straight into the recycling bin. "The paperless office is the office that never happened, with consumption of paper at an all-time high and the business of transporting paper thriving." (Statistics Canada). The question thus; why the promise of paperless office has failed to materialize so comprehensively? Our study has concluded that despite an overwhelming desire of people to reduce paper consumption, the two most significant factors that persistently contribute to paper consumption are outdated document management practices and technologies which offer neither the flexibility nor the convenience of the humble paper. In fact the current technologies enhance the comfort of paper by making it easier for anybody to put everything and anything on paper, whilst offering no compelling alternative to printing. @ KDR Lab we engineer software solutions based on Adaptive Cognitive Knowledge Continuum Model (ACKCM), whereby our products aim to adapt to the users' ways of doing things. Thus if something is more convenient or more pleasurable to use, users will embrace it. ASYMPLIX™ is one such system.
This is a distinctly technical aspect of our overall consulting profile. Through our partnership with CyberCoil and other trusted technology partners we offer highly advanced data management services.
Many executives and managers are afforded a PA and other comprehensive IT support services. However, there are times and situations when relying upon supporting services is either undesirable or not possible. Some of the examples of such situations are:
Offshore outsourcing can be an outstanding value proposition - but it can also be a bitter experience. The three most observable reasons for outsourcing failures are: