Medium and Large Business
The benefits of the Jolly Good Software methodology and process are amplified when applied to Medium and Large Business (MLB). Because of scale MLBs are structured into divisions. It is not realistic to try to run all parts of the business the same. The reasons are multiple, but the essential element is personality or 'style'. One part of the business may require serious technical application whilst a sales channel may require flamboyance. The leaders of these respective divisions need information systems to support their respective styles.
MLBs are usually significantly constrained by their core information systems and divisions have to develop their own coping strategies so they can effectively manage their own information needs.
The outcome of this disjuncture is a proliferation of standalone software applications within divisions. Many of these are written by people within the division who in frustration use their basic programming skills, for example in Access or Excel. The essential characteristic of these systems is that they create an incoherent structure of information across the organisation on which decisions are made and performance assessed.
When one of the early USA astronauts was asked about his emotions at the launch, he is alleged to have said "I thought I am sitting on the top of a million moving parts each made by the lowest bidder". The reality was that the building and assembly of that rocket was a comprehensively controlled engineering and scientific process. The astronaut could have confidence in his rocket.
Let us consider the reality of a Chief Executive of a very large organisation. He or She is sitting on top of a million independent and different systems, most built by relatively inexperienced or even amateur programmers with virtually none of it subject to a comprehensively engineered and scientific process.
Jolly Good Software has the process and methodology to provide a comprehensive, coherent and reliable information system to enable very large businesses to do what they do better.