[From iSource Business, March 2001] Data, data everywhere, and not a snippet to understand. No matter how wired a world we weave it still seems as though there's either not enough data to do a particular job, or so much data that it's comparable to filling an espresso cup with a water main. We're afloat in a digital sea and there's no cognitive landfall in sight. It's a matter of intelligence, not just information gathering.
Luckily iSource Business is here to throw out the lifeline to those floundering about, information-wise. We spoke with both purchasers and enablers to see what the data needs are, what capabilities there are, and what we can expect in the future. (For a list of those interviewed, see the box on page 79). Both groups addressed three questions. We asked buyers:
- What information/intelligence do you need to do your job effectively?
- What intelligence would you love to have?
- What do you expect from today's systems in the area of data collection?
- What information do you think B2B buyers need to do their job effectively?
- What do you offer?
- What will you offer in the future?
The Supply Chain Professionals
1. What information/intelligence do you need to do your job effectively?
2. What intelligence would you love to have?
3. What do you expect from today's systems in the area of data collection?
And Now for Something Completely Different: The Enablers
1. What information do you think B2B supply chain professionals need to do their job effectively?
2. What do you offer?
3. What will you give them in the future?