The more data you have, the less use you make of it
By François Masquelier, Head of Corporate Finance and Treasury, RTL Group and Honorary Chairman of the European Association of Corporate Treasurers
The sophistication of IT systems paradoxically results in a profusion of data and makes it impossible to process or compile it properly. We have to cobble dashboards together in a Heath Robinson manner because the data does not match standard formats and is compartmentalised in its own systems, which are all independent from each other and all different. Since too much is often worse than too little, we may end up submerged in data, or we may just under-use it. The Business Intelligence (BI) challenge is to extract the data, make the formats compatible and process the data to condense it into an appropriate dashboard. In treasury management, we also experience Big Unused Financial Data. This article aims to address that problem.