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Public Sector Informant : PSI - September
[SEPTEMBER 2010] IBM, the IBM logo, Smarter Planet, Let s build a smarter planet and the planet icon are trademarks of International Business Machines Corp., registered in many jurisdictions worldwide. Other company, product and services marks may be trademarks or service marks of others. A current list of IBM trademarks is available on the Web at "Copyright and trademark information" at www.ibm.com/legal/copytrade/shtml © Copyright IBM Australia Limited 2010 ABN 79 000 024 733 © Copyright IBM Corporation 2010. All rights reserved. IBMCCA1109/DATA/PSI/R Here s a bold prediction: The biggest leaps forward in the next several decades -- in business, science and society at large -- will come from insights gleaned through perpetual, on real-time analysis of data. With nearly 2 billion people on the Internet (and counting), and with more and more of the world s systems becoming digitally aware, there is greater diversity in the forms and shapes data is taking -- transactions of every kind, rich media, social media. Already, 30 percent of the data in the world consists of medical images. With more planetwide sensors than ever -- a billion transistors for every human -- more data than ever is being generated, and at far greater speeds. Yet, while data is growing at an exponential rate in volume and complexity, time is not. Which is why no organisation, city or country can afford "enterprise amnesia" . Whether your goal is to remain competitive or to change the world -- or both -- you need to capture, understand and use all of your data. And that, in turn, is why the new science of analytics must be core to every leader s thinking. This is not, most importantly, about volume. The key to moving from "big data" to smarter data is to organise your information, in all its diversity; to understand its context; and to manage its continual evolution. Consider this: ° Through smarter data, we can make sense of information in all its forms -- structured and unstructured, text and multimedia, from physical infrastructures to social networks. For instance, healthcare providers in Australia are using predictive health systems with advanced telemetry to monitor elderly patients in their homes, sharing data instantly. ° Through smarter data, we can also see how one piece of information relates to the things around it. Any data point, by itself, is just about useless. But when you see it in context, when you analyse that context in real time -- and when you can automatically capture the connections that one piece of data is itself making with other pieces of data -- then you have a smart system. Smart enough to make important connections -- as the Australian Government has been doing by compiling large-scale systemic data to measure the economic, environmental and social factors affecting major cities. This is helping to identify issues arising from increased urban settlement, such as the direct link between declining air quality and public health. ° Lastly, smarter data, delivered in real time via new computational models like stream computing, lets us keep pace with a world where risk and opportunity are constantly in flux. Rather than relying on snapshots of the past, our decisions can be real-time, fact-based projections of a likely future. This is what a Canadian hospital treating high-risk newborns is doing, as its doctors identify patterns within an array of physiological data to help detect life-threatening infections up to 24 hours sooner. A world of smart data offers enormous hope. It also raises important issues, such as those relating to privacy and security. These are challenges faced by all businesses and societies. But fortunately, as thousands of forward- thinking leaders today are discovering, their data s hidden meanings don t just make their companies smarter. They also increase the growth, transparency, sustainability and knowledge of entire industries, and of our whole planet. Which is turning a bold prediction into a promising reality. Let s build a smarter planet. Join us and see what others are doing at ibm.com/smarterplanet/au On a smarter planet, answers are hidden in the data. Building a smarter planet: 2 in a series
PSI - October