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The impact of technology and data on our daily lives

Stephen Kelly, CEO, Cirata

In our data-flooded world, let’s take time to reflect on the impact that data and technology have undertaken in our lives. From the mundane to the monumental, the fusion of data with technology has transformed everything we do. Before technology, life was simpler and yet far more complex. A time without the constant hum of computer processors and the symphony of smartphone pings seems almost inconceivable now. It was an era of handwritten ledgers, fold-out maps, and personal tellers at your local bank. While there was a charm to the analog age, there's no denying the profound impact that digital systems have bestowed upon us, easing the burdens of yesteryear and freeing us to explore more.

Technology before data

Our grandparents tell tales of life before technology, where communication was slower, navigation was not a formula for satellites, and where every number in the accounts was reconciled by hand. These were the days of patience—a time with no real-time feeds, no instant banking notifications, and no electronic tax filing. The mere swift through time and space to today, where data governs airline traffic and grocery bills, is an epic illustration of how far we've come. In essence, before data became the superhighway it is today, tech was rudimentary. Documents were filed by physical means, and the analog world ruled supreme. The impact of technology was not yet felt in data's true seismic form.

Simplification and enhanced efficiency are achieved through data utilization

Efficiency cascades through our lives in ways that are both subtle and overt.

  • Taxes no longer taxing

    Pre-electronic filings, taxes were an annual dread. The complexity and sheer volume of documents made it an odyssey in paperwork. Today, through the magic of data, tax filing can be as simple as clicking a few buttons. Software parses your financial information, identifies potential deductions, and even files on your behalf. This not only saves time but also alleviates the stress of getting it wrong.

  • The financial sector flip

    Financial transactions now happen at the speed of data. No longer do you need to visit your local branch—even that feels a bit archaic. From mobile deposits to AI-driven investment advice, the financial sector has harnessed data to create a level of service and efficiency that was unimaginable just a few decades ago.

  • Navigating the new world

    Remember when getting lost was a regular adventure? While it may have had its charm, it's hard to argue against the efficiency of modern GPS. Not only does it find the most efficient route, but it also predicts traffic patterns and reroutes you in real-time, saving you precious hours in your day.

  • Data in every domain

    Beyond these examples, data has permeated every corner of our lives. It personalizes our entertainment, informs our healthcare, and even facilitates our love lives through matchmaking algorithms. It has turned daunting tasks into dinner time discussions on virtual assistants and automated lawn mowers.

Impact on data leaders and C-level executives

Data and technology have not merely impacted customers, they have redefined the roles and responsibilities of corporate leaders. Data leaders and c-level executives are now expected to be fluent in the language of technology, to steer their companies through the digital storm. In sectors such as financial services and telecommunications, where data is the currency, the impact is doubly profound. The suite of a finance executive is no longer decorated with just proficiency in excel—it is bedecked with prowess in predictive analytics. The CDO’s role now reflects the heart of the company’s digital transformation agenda, blending technology with strategic business acumen. Telecommunications, on the other hand, finds its very pulse interwoven with the threads of data. From customer analytics shaping product offerings to network data informing infrastructure investments, data-led decision-making is the cornerstone of innovation and competition.


As we bid adieu to the days of the rock and abacus, and embrace the algorithms and AI that navigate our new digital world, it is important to appreciate the path we’ve traveled. It is a journey forever imprinted with the footprint of data.

Technology and data have indeed streamlined our lives and made them more efficient. But in doing so, they have also illuminated the profound potential within us to accomplish more. What we did before technology may have been simpler, yet it was also slower, riskier, and less informed. Data and technology have given us more than just time—they’ve given us space to think, to dream, and to innovate. And with the promise they hold for the future, this is only the beginning of our data-driven tale.

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