The Matrix Moment
With a new installment now released, we’re reminded of the most poignant moment in the Matrix series.
The first movie’s famous pill decision is a pivotal scene and a great allegory for what the data software industry is facing. The protagonist Neo is guided by his sage, Morpheus:
"This is your last chance. After this there is no turning back. You take the blue pill... the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe."
The other pill (the red pill) is the unknown. It requires curiosity, courage, and faith. In the early part of The Matrix, it’s clear Neo suspects there is an alternate reality, a more profound truth. But, per Morpheus, "Unfortunately, no one can be told what The Matrix is. You'll have to see it for yourself."
As a result of decades of innovation in the data software industry, enterprise tech leaders are now at a pivotal moment. They, too, have a fundamental choice between the clarity using open formats can bring, or staying in or recommitting to the temptation of closed data formats. The wonder and possibility of the new can only be realized through committed, principled action.