President's Blog: How DIS Is Like NASA
Last month our Solutions and QuipWare customers attended their combined User Group meeting. Kirk Weisler, a highly engaging keynote speaker, opened the meeting. He spoke about how when you do something for so long, you can begin to take for granted what you do and why you do it.
Kirk spoke about when he was visiting NASA, where the Hubble space telescope records breathtaking photos of our universe. As he walked through the building, he kept stopping to look at pictures on the wall. He noticed that in contrast, employees would pass by these pictures every day and ignore them. But when he started asking people questions about the pictures, they would stop and explain the pictures enthusiastically and in great detail. You could SEE the passion radiate from them.
Then Kirk began talking to our User Group about DIS and Prism. He explained how he saw a similar passion in DIS employees for our Prism product - “They just light up when they speak about it.” Their excitement for the possibilities that Prism brings is very evident.
Next, Kirk delved into the name of our product - Prism. What is a Prism? When white light shoots through a triangular Prism, the light slows down and refracts into different colors - seven colors to be exact. The colors are laid out in what is called a spectrum. Each color travels at a different speed – with red being the fastest and blue being slowest.
This brings us to why DIS chose the name Prism. Data is produced at such high speeds that trying to capture and extract useful information from data is harder every day. DIS Prism refracts massive amounts of data into meaningful information you can use to manage and improve your business. In fact, the DIS dashboard that displays key business metrics is called Spectrum!
If you view the diagram below you can see how DIS plans to continue carrying this concept forward with other applications that “refract” from Prism.
Kirk Weisler was correct about our excitement over Prism. It is revolutionary not only in concept, but in customer focus as well. How many companies truly look for ways to extend the investment customers make in their software?
The software industry is founded on “planned obsolescence”. The main strategy is to make software obsolete in order to sell new software and increase license revenue. But we do things differently. We want to use what you already have and extend applications affordably. Which brings us to one more way DIS is like NASA. We share a philosophy: "For The Benefit of All".