The problem with information technology is that there's too much of both. Particularly the information part.
Remember the flying toasters screensaver? The one where all the flying toasters take over your screen while you stare out the window into the abyss, daydreaming? That's kind of what it's like sometimes working on the IBM Web site (or IBM in general). I've got more toasters (read: bits of information) flying at me than I have the mouse clicks to take 'em down.
Anyone who works with me will likely tell you I have "high bandwidth" -- i.e., I can consume vast amounts of information and process much of it. But at times I feel as though I'm absolutely drowning in information. (I'm hoping to supplement my Turbo-brain with a new IBM POWER6 chip, but need for our Research folks to make that critical last mile wet ware-to-hardware connection!).
Of course, there's a big difference between information and insight, which brings me to the real point: How to distinguish the toasters from the toast. Figuratively speaking. In fact, more than 60% of CEOs agree that businesses need to do a better job of leveraging their information.
Without the Right Information, How Can You Manage Your Business?
Today, IBM announced a $1 billion (with a "b") initiative that combines our software and industry consulting expertise to help customers around the globe get "uninhibited access to accurate, reliable, and trustworthy business information."
This investment will include an expansion in both our information management software development as well as the dedication of 15,000 skilled information management practictioners to help IBM customers get more insight from the increasing mountains of information they're acquiring.
To learn more, check out the information on demand Website. Or, if you'd like to hear directly from some of the IBM information management experts, check out the new information on demand blog. Be sure to check out the posts from century cycling madman Jeff Jonas, who believes drinking water on the 107-mile Tour de Palm Springs is for wimps...but that context for enterprise information sharing is for everyone.
Even the toasters.