Imagine for a moment, lush green fields as far as the eye can see. In the cool summer breeze, blades of grass flow back and forth. In the background, you can hear the sounds of a farmer harvesting the dried trimming in a distant field, for use as hay to feed his livestock. As the fields grow, the blades of grass serve many purposes. The keep the soil in tact, return nutrients to the soil, supply nourishment to a plethora of insects and wildlife. While the initial purpose of these fields may be to provide feed for livestock, during their life cycles, they serve many more purposes that often go overlooked.
Now imagine that each of the billions of blades of grass, cultivated for the purpose of feeding the livestock, is a bit of your business information waiting to be harvested from your information ecosystem. The information was created or captured and planted in your repositories with a specific purpose or intended use, yet like the blades of grass and lush fields, this information can also be used to serve many other purposes.
For example, Law Enforcement case information that is siloed within in a precinct or Detectives files serves only that entity. Yet once it is found, identified, classified, and made available to all, could serve to expose patterns or relevant clues to additional cases and result in arrests and convictions. Only when we harvest that information and make it available, will it gain in value by serving the entire business community.
In My View
Many organizations store billions upon billions of bits of information in their information ecosystems, across their enterprises. Yet this information seldom reaches its full potential and value do to the fact it is hidden. This is where analytics and automation can serve a business well to harvest this abundance of informaiton across the enterprise, identify what it is, and based on profile matching, automatically notify individuals and departments of its existence and potential relationship to cases or other information they are currently using to effectively conduct their business activities.
It can also serve to uncover potential risks related to the security of information sets, redundant – outdated – trivial (ROT) information that can be disposed of, assist in responding to E-discovery requests, and strengthen governance practices to meet regulatory compliance requirements. Is it time to better leverage the informaiton you’ve been cultivating all these years, and gain the most value from your harvest.
Bob Larrivee is President and Founder of Bob Larrivee Consultancy, and a recognized expert in the application of advanced technologies and process improvement to solve business problems and enhance business operations. In his career, Bob has led many projects and authored hundreds of eBooks, Industry Reports, Blogs, Articles, and Infographics. In addition, he has served as host and guest Subject Matter Expert on a wide variety of Webinars, Podcasts, Virtual Events, and lectured at in-person seminars and conferences around the globe.