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Smart Data: Enterprise Performance Optimization Strategy by James A. Rodger, James A. George

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4.1 TODAY'S POSSIBILITIES

Through a series of experiences serving various clients, we have been able to test elements of our ideas. We observe in the contemporary world around us the technologies in action that, when guided by smart data strategy, can produce higher impact results. Our aim is to motivate you to carry out the vision because you are the leaders of government and commercial enterprises where only you can make it happen, where the needs are greatest, and the requirements most important.

In Chapter 1 we discussed the context and value of data and presented the service-oriented enterprise strategic paradigm. We offered a process model for enterprise performance optimization. In Chapter 2 we discussed elements and positioned data as being at the heart of creative and innovative management, including a robust technical case study. Chapter 3 presented barriers with opportunities and possibilities for overcoming them. Now, in this chapter, we present ideas for applying smart data accompanied by examples of technical enablement.

A crucial difference is leading with executive authority over data and enterprise performance optimization instead of following technology. Technology is essential, but without proper leadership and emphasis, technology may go adrift and can produce less than desirable results, including a culture that inhibits optimal performance.

We spoke with Linda Carr, president and CEO of TMR, Inc., a woman-owned business where she is a subject matter expert ...

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