“More with less, do more with less,” that is the mantra we routinely hear in business today. But what about changing this dynamic and beginning to do “more with more but with less effort?” Still, as technology allows companies to gather and aggregate more-and-more data it also allows companies to become buried under more-and-more data; however, it is this data that will propel companies to become more efficient, effective, and profitable. Yet when we look at the promises of the past it is understandable to see why many companies believe that this idea of using more technology and more data to increase efficiencies and cut costs appears more onerous than realistic.
I suppose for those who know me they know that I am not really giving up the ghost when I admit out loud that I love the movie Dumb and Dumber. And much to my family’s chagrin (mostly my wife’s) if I am channel surfing and happen to luck upon the movie whilst doing said activity the process comes to a prompt halt. While the movie is a treasure trove of silliness and one-liners, there is one exchange between two of the movie’s lead actors Lloyd (Jim Carrey) and Mary (Lauren Holly) that sticks out for many fans and non-fans alike.
Lloyd: What do you think the chances are of a guy like you and a girl like me... ending up together?
Mary: Well, Lloyd, that's difficult to say. I mean, we don't really ...
Lloyd: Hit me with it! Just give it to me straight! I came a long way just to see you, Mary. The least you can do is level with me. What are my chances?
Mary: Not good.
Lloyd: You mean, not good like one out of a hundred?
Mary: I'd say more like one out of a million.
Lloyd: So you're telling me there's a chance... YEAH!