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Do you get overwhelmed with information? This information overload is made even worse by the growth of low-quality information because of easy publication. While I was talking to a customer about it, I was looking for one word that describes a way to address the issue. One word that explains to have technology in place allowing you to do more with less. Could it be ephemeralization? I had to look up the word myself as ephemeralization is not the most commonly used word in the world. It is actually a term by R. Buckminster Fuller, meaning the ability of technological advancement to do ‘more and more with less and less until eventually you can do everything with nothing’1.

5 benefits of having technology to do more with less

It got my attention. We should focus on ephemeralization! After practicing how to pronounce the word ephemeralization at least 5 times without mistakes, it got me thinking about 5 benefits of having technology to do more with less:

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Let’s imagine the following headlines:

“Data leak probing company XYZ due to stolen computers.”

“Third-party company relying on company XYZ has lost personal details of around five thousand individuals due to an act negligence.”

“Fast growing service provider fails to secure its own organization in a proper manner.“

“Company XYZ employee found a second exciting source of wealth: selling valuable client information to competitors.”

The fast and the furious

In today’s society people are encouraged to act in a ‘fast and furious’ way. But let’s all prevent fatal car crashes since we sometimes tend to lose an oversight of some basic principles and hygiene that need to become part of ourselves and our company culture.

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An important step when you’re moved to another country, is when you start calling your new home, ‘home’. Home is Atlanta. I love visiting my friends and family in Belgium, but it is not home anymore. You get used to guns and ammo in the aisle next to the children’s toys, you think it is perfectly OK to drive 5 hours to go to the beach for a Saturday out, you find it incomprehensible that stores are closing before 3 a.m. in the morning, you do not look weird when shops refuse to sell you a bottle of wine before 12.30 on Sunday, you will start drinking sweet ice tea voluntarily, and you actually believe chicken and waffles is a good idea for breakfast. Chances are you will still look for a choice of chocolate and you will dream of having frietjes met stoofvleessaus. But you will accept that those things will need to wait for your next trip abroad, to that far away country named Belgium.

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Let’s start off this story with a joke:

 “80 percent of time spent by data scientists is related to data preparation. The other 20 percent of the time, they complain about having to do so much data preparation”.

I have been working in data warehousing and analytics for almost 10 years now. 10 years ago, I indeed spent most of my time fetching data from different data sources, combining and transforming it to get it into the required format.

Is data integration still relevant?

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All paperwork is done and all necessary arrangements are made. I can finally start this new chapter in my life as a Belgian in America. At first, my job description did not change moving offices. However, there are some remarkable differences.

Are you hesitating to become an expat as well? Here is my top 5 list of items you should take into consideration before taking the plunge.

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