Monday, April 12, 2010

Hierarchy of Information

Most enterprise software solutions deals with data. Actually I can't think of any that don't. Many enterprise solutions deal with lots of data. The application helps the user to deal with these massive amounts of data.

I think of different levels of information. Each level decreases in size, but increases in value. Data in its lowest level is not very valuable. A bit or a byte of data is quite useless out of context. When characters are added together to form a string, the value increases significantly. A string in the form of a sentence is easier to remember than a equally amount of random bytes. The amount of information has decreased, but its value has increased. We are now able to compress the information to something smaller. Raw data is refined to information, knowledge and wisdom.

The Earth computer in The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy is the ultimate example of this refinement of information. All the information in the world is refined to the very short and easy to remember result: "42". If this was not fiction, this result would be the single most valuable piece of information.

Every business strives to find the secrets of making lots of money( or save the planet ), and every business application is build to expose these secrets.

1 comment:

  1. Interesting related reading on the subject:

    Nonaka and Takeuchi is excellent reading on the subject as well, if you want more ;-)