If you can collect data, communicate data, analyze data and report on data faster than your competition, and get it to the right people, at the right time, in the right amount on the right device, then you will have a great advantage. These abilities, Laney proposes, will have a significant impact on a company's bottom line.
In the military today they have a term called "Revolution in Military Affairs (RMA)." It is often associated with the use of modern data collecting technologies, communications technologies, information analysis and the use of these technologies to improve strategies, doctrines and organizational structures. The US Military believes that in future warfare, the size of the opponent and their platforms [weapons], will be less reflective of military power than the quality of sensors [data collection] systems and mobile communication links and their ability to utilize information to their advantage.
What does this mean to your company in 2013? It means your enterprise must transform and focus on its abilities to:
- Collect information faster
- Communicate information faster
- Analyze and filter information faster
- Report the analysis faster to decision makers
- Strive for the goals of being a "real-time" and "data-driven" enterprise
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Full Disclosure: These are my personal opinions. No company is silly enough to claim them. I am a mobility and SMAC analyst, consultant and writer. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.