Data Stinks, Information Rocks!

I’ve got many years of performance geekery under my belt and I’ve learned many lessons during that time. One of the most important lessons is paying close attention to the distinction between data and information. Let’s take a look at how the dictionary defines each term:

Data – facts and statistics collected together for reference or analysis.
Information – facts provided or learned about something or someone.

What do these definitions reveal to us about data and information and how does it apply to monitoring tools? Let’s explore that together. I’ll provide specific examples along the way to illustrate my points.

The Problems with Data

Data is fundamental to problem solving, but I don’t want to have to dig through a bunch of data while my business critical, mission critical, revenue generating, etc… applications are down. To me, data is just like this picture…