Dan Olley, Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Elsevier, will be inducted into the CIO Hall of Fame in August. According to CIO.com, which serves IT leaders worldwide with information on trends and developments in the industry, the annual event represents their “Super Bowl, World Series, and Stanley Cup Playoffs rolled into one.” Twenty new Hall of Fame inductees will be honored for their IT innovation and business leadership.
For Olley, the award represents more than an individual’s accomplishments:
This is really a reflection of the kind of company Elsevier has become. That we’re seen as innovators in technology is, in a significant way, down to the ingenuity of all of our technologists who deliver our technology platforms and products across academic and life sciences research and healthcare.
In recent years, Elsevier has invested significantly in the development of big data and machine learning technology with the aim of transforming the information in millions of scientific articles and books into actionable knowledge. The ability to process unstructured data at scale in these highly complex domains to provide meaningful real-time insights represents a technology shift as significant as the internet itself, Olley said:
Elsevier has spent the last hundred years getting really good at enriching content to turn it into knowledge. In the past, though, you’ve had to go and find it, you’ve got to go and look it up. What we’re doing now is finding data sets that will bring context to apply to that knowledge so we can give answers. That’s the model and it applies to just about everything we do.
That combination of content and technology will change the way professionals interact with information:
Picture a doctor doing the rounds. She walks up to a patient’s bed. We can build a system that looks at who the patient is, their history, the latest results from the machines monitoring them. We can combine that with all the medical content we have, our drug databases, the data gathered from researchers worldwide, and give that doctor a dynamic summary of the situation, and an indication of what action they could take next. It’s an exciting time, and having the talent to deliver that is crucial.