The SixBlocks solution is based on the belief that all administrative solutions to business issues can be translated into a single model of 6 blocks.
In essence, business administration always involves recording history, error checking, calculation of consequences, incoming/outgoing interfaces, and outgoing correspondence. The SixBlocks solution can be applied to all administrative processes in the government and business sectors.
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In order to illustrate the challenge we face, we’d like to outline the current environment as pictured by objective agencies. These are available to anyone with an internet connection.
The TV program Zembla recently investigated the ICT sector. It appears that a lot of misjudgments are still made and costs are shockingly high. The parliamentary ICT inquiry (led by Ton Elias) also concluded that the cost-benefit ratio of the ICT sector is negative. The costs are significantly higher than the benefits.
The general conclusion is this is not just a couple of incidents. The Zemba broadcast literally talks of ‘the tip of the iceberg’ and ‘an embedded way of doing things’. The final report of the parliamentary ICT inquiry estimates the amount of wasted capital to be very high. The governmental ICT sector wastes alone are estimated to be 1 to 5 billion euros per year. These extreme amounts show how opaque the costs and benefits of ICT projects are.
Due the current situation, a culture of mismanagement is constantly being upheld. As a result, real passion and innovation are missing. Ultimately, this is not in the interests of society, and thus affects every citizen. Everyone pays for the costs of this situation.
The challenge is to find an appropriate solution that benefits society. The parliamentary ICT inquiry set forth 34 recommendations, of which the BIT is the most important. BIT stands for ‘Bureau ICT Toetsing’ [‘Bureau ICT assessment’] and is expected to be fully implemented in about 5 to 7 years.
According to the inquiry commission, this bureau will be introduced to ‘bring order to the chaos’. The bureau will assess governmental ICT projects with a budget over 5 million euros. Governmental projects will have to be reconsidered and/or will be terminated if BIT does not greenlight them.
We believe the BIT principles also apply to business. The BIT, with its basic rules and recommendations, is a fine initiative. The use of ‘Common sense’ is crucial. In order to apply these basic regulations and ‘Common sense’, we believe a powerful concept is required to complement the BIT; a concept that supports the 10 basic rules and all other recommendations both during the temporary BIT stage as well as the much longer period thereafter.
The starting point of the concept must be based on Common sense. It should be simple, straightforward, uniformly applicable and easy to understand. Not only before and during projects, but also during the subsequent period of operation and maintenance. After all, changes to the environment take place faster than ever. It is important to take this aspect into account when making decisions. Future changes with regard to legislative amendments and other changes to an organization, technology, and/or market trends must be considered, even if the ins and outs of these future developments are still unknown.
The solution must be simple, efficient, effective, and predictable. Furthermore, flexibility and demonstrable societal value are important. These result in valuable products at a fair price. This is the challenge we face.
In order to meet the challenge, we believe executive organizations must go back to basics. The executive organizations must return to a ‘new DNA’ based on ingenuity, simplicity, small teams, and fun.
The mindset and method of work must be based on assurances that costs are significantly lower than benefits (in the broadest sense of the word). The approach should be simple and based on Common sense. This simplicity can be achieved by means of a philosophy that believes all administrative solutions to business issues can be translated into a single model of 6 blocks: the SixBlocks solution.
This model plays a crucial role for all requirements and demands. The model must be completely embedded in the organization. This means that the behavior of the entire organization must be predictable from top to bottom. With this the SixBlocks solution is a so-called Enterprise Business Modelling Architecture (EBMA) for the entire organization.
Requesting a supplementary benefit and/or change thereof. Read more
The data is entered by the applicant under ‘My benefits’ on the website of the Dutch tax authorities. The ‘back-office’ of the authorities starts a process by which the data of the applicant can be read and checked in tables (through an interface) on the basis of validations. For example, the office checks whether the applicant is entitled to a benefit. The changes are processed by means of mutations involving algorithms that determine the supplementary benefit amount. The interfaces update the information available on ‘My benefits’ and inform the applicant via email. This entire process is completely automatic. This principle applies to all administrative matters, for all public institutions as well as businesses; always that one single SixBlocks solution.
A second example is the reporting of illness / disability / dismissal by the employer to the UWV (the body for implementing employee insurance schemes in the Netherlands). Read more
The employer registers the relevant employee(s) via the UWV website. The ‘back office’ of the UWV then starts a process that monitors the data of the employer and employee(s) in tables by means of an interface. This data is checked on the basis of the validations. For example, the system checks whether an employee is entitled to a particular benefit. The changes are processed by means of modifications that determine the benefit amount / payment term. The interfaces update the information on the web portal and inform the employer and employee(s) via email. This entire process is completely automatic. This principle applies to all administrative matters, for all public institutions as well as businesses; always that one single SixBlocks solution.
A third example is the implementation of a change or the introduction of a new product based on legislative amendments at a pension provider. Read more
First of all, the body must translate the requirements / demands concerning the product into a system of 6 blocks. The data structure is entered into Tables, the formulas in the Calculation rules, the error and probability checks in the Validations, the potential changes in the Modifications, the links with other systems and correspondences in the Interfaces, and procedures in the Processes. After registration of the adjustments, the ‘back office’ starts a process that reads all the characteristics of the product changes in tables and checks the data on the basis of validations. For example, it is assessed whether current customers (employers and employees) meet the criteria of the new product. The changes are then processed and the Calculation rules determine the new pension and/or benefits for the employers. The interfaces update the information on the web portal and inform the employer and employee(s) about the consequences of the product change via email. This entire process is completely automatic. This principle applies to all administrative matters, for all public institutions as well as businesses; always that one single SixBlocks solution.
Case studies have shown that all administrative processes of governmental bodies and businesses can be translated into the SixBlocks solution.
The simplicity of the SixBlocks solution is characterized by a clear model (with transparent communication). The uniform method creates a synergy based on efficiency. The approach is always focused on achieving the best and most effective results. Relatively speaking, the lead time is short, costs are low, efficiency is high, and the behavior of the project team is predictable in advance.
Therefore, the SixBlocks solution has a positive impact on:
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Joost de Wit
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