April 25th, 2013
You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone
Big data, with all of its vastness and mystery – and confusion – is actually a remarkably straightforward concept: store everything for later analysis. Because once it’s gone, you can’t get it back. The end.
Ok…so there’s more to the big data story. And while the term big data is both overexposed and under-defined, defining it doesn’t really help solve business problems. (And we won’t even get into Big Data vs. big data, because who really cares except for data practitioners.) Read More
February 20th, 2013
Harmonizing Data Management with Enterprise Strategy
Imagine what a symphony and big data have in common. Forget, for a moment, about attending the symphony or using a data management system—and imagine being the creator, or the architect. To compose a symphony, there must be an overarching understanding of how the entire orchestra works together to create harmony, coupled with the intricacies of each instrument’s role. Just like a symphony, effective data management must take into account enterprise business management skills along with the sophisticated technical skills required for data manipulation. Read More
January 23rd, 2013
Data IT Strategy
Easing Fears About Big Data Hype
So, everyone’s talking about Big Data. (And I mean everyone.) People want it, need it, think they need it, aren’t sure if they need it and, in some cases, already have it and aren’t sure what to do with it. Let’s break down Big Data and gain a little more perspective around the business of problem solving.
The problem you think you have:We have so much data and we’re losing money everyday by not acting on it, and our competitors have surely figured out how to leverage their data using Big Data solutions.
The solution you think you need:Our IT department should start analyzing and reporting on Big Data.
November 9th, 2012
Case Study Data
Data Breakthroughs That Changed the Game
Data is a game changer. 2.5 quintillion bytes of data are created every day – and the data comes in all shapes and sizes. Long gone is the notion that data is just for reporting, or collecting. Mix some innovative understanding of data with some good old-fashioned diligence, and voila – you’ve got a game changer.
In 1989, physicist Tim Berners-Lee had an idea to create a single information network that would enable his co-workers to share all the computer-stored data at his laboratory. He was frustrated that access to existing data was so difficult, as it was stored only on particular machines that required additional programming knowledge just to login. Berners-Lee envisioned a collaborative environment where people working together could design something in a common, shared space.