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January 12, 2010

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Ian Story

Happy New Year Jeff - I knew you'd have a post (or more) on this - almost added to your email pile asking you what you thought about it, but figured I'd wait for the blog. Looks like Homeland Security needs to talk to IBM about some (more) of your software ;). One other comment, aren't the last few puzzle pieces actually easier (not just as easy) as the first few? I think it's easier to take the final 5 pieces and find their spots than to get the first 5 pieces connected...it seems that's partly because you have so many less pieces of information to weed through (ie the queue is much smaller)...when you've got 500 pieces to figure out where they go, it's a lot harder than figuring out where 5 pieces go. Of course, when you've only got 5 places left that the pieces can fit (instead of essentially an infinite number of places), that tips the scale to "easy", too. Unfortunately, there isn't necessarily a finite puzzle for the analysts trying to stop terrorists, but to your point, there are definitely wins that could be achieved with some changes to the way things are done and the systems work.

Tomasz Boguszewicz

Great piece, Jeff. Food for thought as usual. Thanks.

Andrew Bochman

You've crafted perhaps my favorite line so far in all of blogdom: "Enterprise intelligence roughly translates to making sense of the situation (situational awareness) and then appropriately reacting at that moment (situational reaction). Jump. Duck. Sell it something. Shoot it with a laser from space."

... Or is that Shakespeare? Nice!

Rafael Sidi

Great articulation. Indeed you had said this before "Organizations that are unable to switch to the “data finds data” paradigm will be less competitive and less effective" And this was a great example of inefficiency of our gov. systems.

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