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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Death of Spreadsheets

"Knowledge will no longer be trapped on paper... or under glass."


Jennifer and I were talking about Big Data - it's what we do - when she exclaimed, "Its the Death of Spreadsheets...people will need to swallow faster..."

I was stunned and not sure what swallowing had to do with Big Data, I'll let you ponder that one.  I did, however, understand her observation around Big Data, or specifically, the use of Big Data and the end of spreadsheets.

Spreadsheets are on the path to oblivion, just ask MicroSoft.

The rise of the 99 cent algorithm and the fall of "=@if(A, B, C)".

Algorithms are workflow.

Automating processes with algorithmic discipline is changing everything.  Why generate formulas on static spreadsheets when a preconceived formula, connected to live data, streams actionable information directly to your device, pane of glass or contact lens?

Imagine saying the words,  "Computer: what is the most profitable group of devices in my fleet, today?"

Not only is the answer reported orally, but a running, graphic representation of the your profitable machines are presented as well as comparative representations from around the globe - all in real-time.

Beyond words, what if the 'cloud' knew exactly what you wanted to see and when?  Instead of you asking, the information(vs. data) is presented to you nice and neat, in real time, anywhere on the planet.

No paper, not historic or static.

Funky, eh?  There's more.

Apple just released, to a rather conservative fanfare, the latest addition in the iPhone lineage.  Some were waiting for a "Dick Tracey" watch and others lamented a "phablet", instead Apple released some less expensive color devices and a new 5s - in Gold.

To many, the device was less than expected - I took note of the A7, 64 bit processor.  In a word, "Awesome" and I'm not a Apple FanBoy.

The A7 is the first 64 bit of its kind to be found in a phone, processes twice as many bits per cycle and incorporates built-in, on the chip encryption.

This all means the little gold box will do stuff faster, crunch more numbers and drive cleaner video - all in the palm of your hand and this is just the beginning.

Back to big data.

Soon, we'll all be carrying around enough processing power to compress massive calculations and connect from anywhere on the planet.  Our customized, 1:1 news will stream flawlessly, profit, commission, productivity and financial reports, both personal and business, will seamlessly appear.

In the cloud, huge amounts of calculating power will collect data from billions of sensors all around the planet.  For example, when one of your Konica Minoltas is repeatedly mis-feeding, AND throwing off ambiguous errors, our newly ubiquitous business intelligence network will:

  • Analyze the multitudes of sensors inside the copier...
  • Backtrack the units manufacturing chain of custody...down to every component
  • Research the composition of toner and examine the entire supply chain...
  • Research the composition of the paper, all the way back to the tree...
  • Measure the humidity fluctuations and compare to occurring mis-feed times...
  • Compare the reported symptoms with millions of other devices and every other device ever recorded... 
  • Measure the incoming power...
  • Report back a meaningful diagnosis - or simply make corrections remotely - and then report back...
All real time. No paper because paper is too slow, no glass, because glass is too restrictive.

Chew on that.

PS - I used a copier as an example but you and I both know, there won't be any copiers left, don't we?
#Wink #DOTC #NoReallyThisTimeItIsPaperLess

1910 -
The Mundaneum
Founded by Paul Otlet (who outlined a concept of a globally connected network of computers in 1934) and Henri La Fontaine, The Mundaneum aimed to "gather together all the world's knowledge and classify it according to a system they developed called the Universal Decimal Classification".

Originally posted on Walters & Shutwell, Inc. Sept, 2013.

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