Ever hear of C-T-R? Don’t feel bad. The company, IBM’s direct ancestor, has been forgotten except for business historians. Yet without this early tech powerhouse – maker of commercial scales, industrial time recorders, meat and cheese slicers, and punch cards – Big Blue would not be celebrating its 100th anniversary. In fact, the centennial of IBM is actually that of the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company (1911-1924).
In 1982, “Megatrends” author John Naisbitt famously foresaw a near future featuring far-flung technology and more intense human interaction. He dubbed this apparent paradox “high tech, high touch.” The phrase caught on quickly; reality took a bit longer. But guess what, technology and marketing mavens? The future has arrived, though not exactly as imagined.
Darn that Steve Jobs. His Apple was genius at making tech appear to work like magic. Exciting for consumers of all things “i”, revolutionary for the industry. Latest example: “iCloud.” Yet it’s an emerging modern paradox: What makes life easy for consumers often complicates things for IT. And it’s not just management of smart phones and tablets; it’s much of what happens in “the Cloud”.
Ever marveled at a meal in front of you and mused: “How many people helped bring this to my plate?” Unfortunately, after the recent deaths of 25 people from Listeria-contaminated cantaloupe, you’re probably also wondering: “Who’s touched this?” It’s a very good question.
“Data deluge.” “Data tsunami.” “Data explosion.” Over the last couple of years we’ve heard much about the boom, uh, rapid growth of enterprise data. It’s tempting to tune out, but don’t. Managing budget-killing information growth really is critical to enterprise sustainability. Here are two proven strategies.