My colleague, Christopher Morgan, recently wrote a popular blog post about, “What Mega Man Taught Us About Buying Software”. Like Mr. Morgan, I too spent hours in the 1990’s playing those memorable Mega Man games on my Nintendo. And I also learned a great deal from those games, but my take-ways were different.
In his article, he arrives at the conclusion that the video game is a futuristic perspective on the best strategies for procuring new enterprise software solutions. He claims that playing the Mega Man shows the user the advantage of flexible, extensible platforms over separate, stand-alone software systems. He talks about Mega Man’s ability to gain new capabilities over time, and how it’s logistically cheaper to manage fewer systems. “Mega Man Taught Us DevOps”
Social media inform us that #bigdata, #data, and #information are nearly always trending. In fact, corporate and government environments are flooded with all sorts of data — customer data, transaction data, process data, project data, financial data, manufacturing data, trade data, marketing data, sales data.
You can have data without information, but you cannot have information without data.
~ Daniel Keys Moran
Companies, government agencies, and you (yes, you) purchase networking infrastructure, software, servers, and computers to deal with all of the data because the technology pundits tout the advantage of this data integration solution or that data analytics tool to harness process efficiencies, to gain market share, or to find the connections that match your customers to your products. All of which must ride on the best in class information technology.
Guess what? What you’ve bought and implemented is data technology. Software and hardware solutions do process data, but that processing effort transforms chunks of data into other data. You have to make sense of the data to transform and process it into information.
Information and knowledge derive from the fundamental understanding that data transforms and processes in a way that best answers the questions that matter to you and your business or agency. If you are not asking the right questions or collecting the right data to answer those questions, then you are merely using data to create more data, which is not a transformation of added value.
The combination of some data and an aching desire for an answer does not ensure that a reasonable answer can be extracted from a given body of data.
~ John Tukey
The real information technology and “software” often overlooked is the human brain. The brain is an amazing piece of technology in which we store vast repositories of experiences, inferences, nuanced and non-obvious references, and linked frameworks, transforming processed data into information and knowledge through context and understanding. After all, data technology and systems may be able to plot your data and even draw a regression line through the scatterplot, but the software cannot tell you what that line means or even if it is meaningful information for you and your organization.
For more information on how understanding the realm of big data can help your organization, please visit www.caskllc.com. Our consultants are here and ready to help you leverage your data technology for the benefit of your information technology.
Radio Show Recap: Improving transparency through FITARA
Today’s guest are Mark Larsen, director at Cask, LLC, and David Cheseborough, president, AFEI. Both have extensive experience with federal information technology projects and are in the studio to talk about FITARA, an initiative to improve transparency and efficiency of federal IT projects.
In this program we take a look at the meaning behind the FITARA scores released last week by the House Oversight Committee Review. Partial FITARA grades have been given and now is the time for analysis. In academia, grades are used for “FITARA Report Card Results Discussed on Federal Tech Talk Featuring Cask Director, Mark Larsen.”
This past weekend, a small group of Coopers joined Habitat for Humanity in the building of a four-bedroom home in Stafford, VA. During the six-and-a-half-hour day, coopers completed various tasks including the demolition of a concrete well, the hauling of concrete from the well to the disposal bin, the weather proofing of both the outside and inside of the home, and the digging of post holes. The day was an eye opening experience filled with lots of laughter, hard work, and dedication to work site. Cooper Erin Ewing says, “Cask in the Community”
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