The data-centric world will make your life easier

November 30, 2017

High technology

Information is the core of most businesses nowadays. But the way we interact with data is changing drastically. We’re moving from a document-driven, to a data-centric world. 

According to Dassault Systèmes’s Senior Vice President, Bertrand Sicot, who participated at panel discussion at Technia Transcat’s PLM Forum on October 12, this development is not only going to make data consumption faster and easier, it’s actually going to make life, in general, easier.

That’s the big difference

“Take a travel boarding pass as an example. Today, your typical boarding pass is a PDF file that you’ve downloaded from an app on your phone. But if the gate for your flight changes, you actually don’t know about it by looking at your boarding pass because the document stays the same. If the same information was available in a data centric manner, the boarding pass would change accordingly. That’s the big difference,” Sicot, who heads Dassault Systèmes’ 3DS Value Solutions Channel Worldwide, explains.

Betrand Sicot

Bertrand Sicot, Dassault Systèmes’s Senior Vice President
Image: Niklas Hildén

Aside from making data more flexible, allowing for instantaneous changes to information, Sicot says data centrism will also impact the way we work. Massively. “Depending on who you are, you look at data in different ways. So it will democratize overall data access because it will be made available and presented to the person who needs it the way they need it. It will make businesses less hierarchical.”

Data is what will really matter tomorrow, nothing else

At Dassault Systèmes, this development is referred to as “After PLM”, and has laid the foundation for the company’s 3DEXPERIENCE Platform. “Data is what will really matter tomorrow, nothing else. Users will be looking for experiences, not software.” Sicot says data-centrism requires a new type of mindset of how we look at data in general, where users won’t have to worry about the underlying data providing the information, or where they need to look to find it. “If you look at the younger generations, they’re already using data in this way.

The revolution has already started 

The Google suite is a good example of that. The revolution has already started, and it really illustrates how these users are always connected and want instantaneous access all the time. It’s different from everything we’re used to and it will force companies to work in whole new ways.”

“In essence, it’s all about dashboarding data,” Sicot says.
As for cyber-security, Sicot says data centric information management will also act to protect valuable data better, because the ultimate responsibility will lie in the hands of the IT professionals managing the cloud-based data banks, rather than with individual users who might be more vulnerable to a virus invading his or her personal computer, or a hacking attack. “The way it works today, is not secure in comparison.”

Text: Johan Rapp

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