If you want to build an information system today, well, you need to build it and design it, code it, test it, maintain it, and so on. And although millions and billions of dollars are spent in information systems we often forget the reason why we need those information systems in the first place: to be able to do something else. Information is always the means not the end, an insight that often goes amiss in the huge investments that companies make in information systems. Going back to the comparison with electricity, it is as if every time a company needs something to do it needs to create it own electricity plant that is unique and fit for purpose. Indeed, it needs to build many electricity plants each powering a different operation, from marketing and sales, to manufacturing and logistics.
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Amazon.com and Microsoft are in talks to supply cloud computing to digital mapping business HERE, owned by a group of German carmakers developing self-driving cars, sources familiar with the matter said. Amazon is also considering becoming a shareholder in HERE, two sources said. Last year, carmakers BMW, Audi and Mercedes struck a 2.5 billion euro ( 2.85 billion) deal to buy Nokia's HERE maps business. Intelligent mapping systems supply information to control self-driving cars, which are equipped with street-scanning sensors to measure traffic and road conditions. This location data can in turn be shared with other map users.