Felix Racca

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Accumulating a critical mass of data will create intelligence. Or so the IT community has believed for the past two decades. However, intelligence originates with the Latin words inter ligere, reading between the lines, so intelligence is better defined as the capability of understanding that which is not self-evident, in other words, that which does not come from data. In fact, it's the processes that move and change the data that constitute a company's true intellectual capital. Hence, business integration needs to focus on business processes more than on data integration. This faith in the supremacy of data started with the advocates of artificial intelligence who believed that upon obtaining a critical mass of information, systems would eventually become self-aware and smart. This was followed by "table-driven" applications, which represented an attempt to make sy... (more)