“The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world, with more than 164 million items on approximately 838 miles of bookshelves.”
It’s hard to fathom the information housed by the Library of Congress. What (re)started with the private library of Thomas Jefferson with 6,487 books (the original was burned by the Brits in the war of 1812) has come to be a national treasure of learning, insight and intelligence – the express purpose is to serve the needs of the sitting members of Congress. As Jefferson himself said, “There is, in fact, no subject to which a Member of Congress may not have occasion to refer." Yes, I just did associate the ‘United States Congress’ and ‘intelligence’. Let’s just say I have high expectations.
At Hitachi, our mission, is to assist clients in creating and deriving value from their data. Put another way, we help our clients enable their digital transformation by turning data into business value. We do this with our clients by working through a process of gaining control of data, ensuring its usefulness, and enabling its intelligence. But wait… Data has intelligence? Well, sort of.
A simple definition of intelligence is ‘the ability to acquire and apply knowledge and skills’. This implies some level of understanding, some knowledge – maybe even the definition implies that something is alive? Here we stand on the precipice of ‘artificial intelligence’ from which, for the sake of this blog, I will quickly retreat. But we can say that data that is controlled, made useful and analyzed can be used to foster intelligence. So for the sake of brevity, we will shorten this to Data Intelligence.
At Hitachi, we see the combination of data under control, data made useful, and data analysis as a movement towards Data Intelligence; and Data Intelligence is an essential ingredient to Digital Transformation.
This is the first blog in a series to highlight why companies should strive for data Intelligence and how they can go about making this happen. We will continue to dive into the analogy of the Library of Congress. Let me tease the next blog by painting the following picture. Imagine you could pick up the entire Library of Congress and shake it furiously over your head. While it is easy to see you would have a real mess (and a mob of livid librarians) – what you most certainly would NOT have is an easy means to ‘…educate any Member of Congress on a subject they may have occasion to refer…’ to paraphrase POTUS #3.
And let’s admit it – Congress can use all the help they can get.