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You have to work backwards and know what success will look
like in order to select the tools and platforms that will enable it. If
you don't, you end up throwing a lot of different technologies at
problems in an attempt to solve them.

Starting at the End

They have to be the ones who buy in

companies in a variety of industries

Our goals had been to evolve from

and then market them to the larger

are facing: how to take all the data

reacting to events to using business

organization.

we're capturing and turn it into

information to act before something

Here at Boeing we're confronting the
same challenge that countless other

to the technologies and processes

The goal here is to embed the

usable information.We're collecting

happens - or even to anticipate

analytics as close to the user of the

more data than ever before, and we've

a particular outcome in order to

data as possible. Why? So that it's

had to figure out how to change our

improve results. And that is as much,

actionable.

employees from simple data gatherers

or more, about culture than it is about

Our functional areas were in

and reporters into information users

the technology you use to capture,

different states of maturity in

who create business value.

analyze, and use that information.

terms of being able to capitalize

We want to increase the number of

on the business value of data and

several years. For a large corporation

decisions throughout the business

analytics. It's been beneficial to us

like ours, this level of change takes

where the analysis of information is

to start with the one or two areas

time. The first step was to take a hard

the primary driver of our actions.

that had the clearest understanding

We've been on this journey for

The first step in being able to do

of what success would look like for

gathering to figure out the business

that is to make sure you understand

them. That has made it much easier

value it might deliver.

the problem you are trying to solve.

to deliver something that not only

look at the information that we're

By starting at the end of the process,

reaps rewards for that area but also

Internet of Things and how to use

everything becomes less difficult.

serves as an example to the rest of the

the new data we're getting from

You can't take a "build it and they will

organization of what we can achieve

sensors embedded in machines to

come" approach. You have to work

with fact-based decision making. If

come up with new products and

backwards and know what success

you can achieve that business value

processes. After all, our Boeing

will look like in order to select the

with a fairly quick turnaround, you

787s create half a terabyte of data

tools and platforms that will enable it.

have a model that you can use in

per flight. But there's much more

If you don't, you end up throwing a lot

areas where it might take a little

immediate value we can get from

of different technologies at problems

more effort.

the information locked inside the

in an attempt to solve them.

It's sexy today to focus on the

data we've been gathering for years.

That has to start with the business

Self-Service and Sharing

For us, that meant rethinking how

owners. They have to be the ones

we use the data generated by our

to articulate what success truly is

Another primary goal of this long-

Finance, Supply Chain, and Program

and the value they want to derive

term transformation is to create an

Management functions.

from the data. They have to tell you

environment that enables as much

how they want to measure success.

self-service analytics and reporting

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