Title: Cognisant computing and 'lean' practices: interactions with 21st century businesses and implications

Authors: Emmanuel C. Ogu; Amos Benita; Edy-Ewoh Uduakobong

Addresses: Department of Computer Science and Information Technology, School of Computing and Engineering Sciences, Babcock University, Ilishan Remo, Ogun State, Nigeria ' Department of Business Administration and Marketing, Babcock Business School, Babcock University, Ilishan Remo, Ogun State, Nigeria ' Department of Economics, Banking and Finance, Babcock Business School, Babcock University, Ilishan Remo, Ogun State, Nigeria

Abstract: Cognisant computing and 'lean' practices portend great promises for savvy businesses of the 21st century, with the potential to create huge savings and returns, guarantee global competitiveness, enhance efficiency of manufacturing and process chain operations, and boost financial performance, productivity and products' market performance. Until now, the nexus between these twain paradigms remained blurred, with very little knowledge of how both can be combined and harnessed to ensure business success in the 21st century. The dawn of the Industry 4.0 revolution necessitates that these twain concepts be re-investigated to uncover a possible nexus between them that could guarantee the success, competitive advantage and sustainability of businesses in the industrial revolution. This study utilises the exploratory research methodology due to the relatively new and emergent nature of the domain of discourse. Cognisant computing is introduced, illuminating prospects for businesses, and how 'lean' practices could be integrated to guarantee business success.

Keywords: cognisant computing; business operations; Industry 4.0 revolution; business information technology; lean manufacturing; lean practices; computing; businesses; 21st century; sustainability; productivity; process chain.

DOI: 10.1504/IJBIS.2018.089115

International Journal of Business Information Systems, 2018 Vol.27 No.2, pp.264 - 275

Received: 11 Apr 2016
Accepted: 26 Aug 2016

Published online: 19 Dec 2017 *

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