Wayne Brady Gave Me a Headache (And How Harley's Living its Information Management Dream)
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Wayne Brady gave me a headache in the kickoff session of the Information on Demand conference here in Anaheim this morning.
Not because he wasn't funny. He was too funny!
But more on that shortly.
In his keynote presentation, IBM Information Management general manager Ambuj Goyal outlined the ideal scenario:
"Imagine if you could ask the same question twice...and get the same answer twice."
Unfortunately, it doesn't happen nearly often enough. Information in many enterprises is like the Wild, Wild West.
It's everywhere. Reuse is a rarity. A typical large company could have as many as 40 different financial systems, none of them interconnected!
Many spend 70 percent of their time looking for the right information instead of acting on it.
"Imagine if you had the information at the moment you or your employees needed it."
It's time to take back control, said Ambuj. Control of your risk. Of your future. Of your markets. Of your bottom line.
Which means it's time to take back control of your information.
In a recent IBM CEO study, those companies that have taken back that control are getting five times more value creation for their information, because the dots are connected, the services are shared, the information is getting to where it needs to go.
Ultimately, Ambuj said, it's about getting the right information delivered, in context.
Get Your Motor Runnin'
As for our customer, Harley-Davidson, CIO Jim Haney said it this way: "I work for the coolest company in the world."
Haney provided an excellent overview of Harley-Davidson's 15.8 percent CAGR, its 20 years of sales growth, and the fact that its competitors are now attempting to copy that success.
How to break away from the pack and continue its leadership? By building integration services that serve as a hub providing information to and from all its other key business systems: ERP, SCM, PLM, Data Warehouse, etc.
As the Harley video setting up Jim's talk indicated: "We believe in going our own way, no matter which way the rest of the world is going."
Now, back to Wayne.
Just imagine this: Wayne doing Prince doing "Purple Rain."
Except the artist formerly known as Wayne formerly known as Prince is doing the song formerly known as "Purple Rain" and is now known as "Pimp Your Crypto."
Wayne cracked the code, and I got a Triple DES headache.