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Planning to improve time to action

action 002.jpgI had lunch Monday with Tom Ivory of HfSResearch and during our conversation about business and technology trends, we got on the topic of Big Data. One thing I mentioned to him was my view that the Big Data movements focus on “time to insight” is a bit misplaced. It is “time to action” or “time to impact” that is what matters to businesses.


On Tuesday, Tom sent me this article from the Wall Street Journal titled: Big Data’s Big Problem: Little Talent. It states that based on the abundance of data that organizations have today, “Big Data refers to the idea that an enterprise can mine all the data it collects right across its operations to unlock golden nuggets of business intelligence.” It then goes on to talk about the lack of talented people who can “ask the right questions” and “It is this ability to turn data into information into action that presents the most challenges.” I was happy to see this bit of validation.


 As I’ve mentioned before, it’s the organizations that can understand “normal” and focus the people on the areas that need their creativity that will shine in the end. This relationship between situational awareness and automation needs to be part of organizational strategic planning, much more than what most architectural processes allow.

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