Monday, July 22, 2013

A Competitive Advantage? It's all about the data.

In previous posts and during many a presentation, I've encouraged you to figure out how to get more, do more and be more via data. More accurately, turn your vast heaps of data into information. If there exists a crystal ball in this world, it's the illumination and insight to be gained by accessing, organizing and analyzing the data that is passing through and around your systems. Not a week goes by that my team is asked how to handle very large data sets; most often, how to cut them down to size by deletion, archival and dispersion. During these conversations, I always wonder: what information is lost in the process.  Sorta reminds me of the warehouse scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Back in March, IBM CEO Ginni Rometty spoke to the Council on Foreign Relations about the importance of data and the competitive advantages of paying attention to it.

The video of her speech is here.

A transcript of the conversation can be found here. has many more conversations with the worlds top executives here.

My take away: the secret is out - the world knows.  If you are not turning data into information, you are out of the game.

If you need assistance with how to get started and/or go further, please let me know.

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