We are entering a new era of the information economy. The advent of ‘big data’, where different types and sources of data need to be brought together and analysed rapidly and effectively, means that new approaches to business analytics are required. For an organisation to gain the most from big data, the business and IT functions need to understand exactly what is needed and what can be done. This report looks at what the business needs to be saying to IT so that IT can provide the business with the capabilities it needs.
Infrastructure for big data
It seems that 2012 was the year of big data – at least as far as the vendors were concerned. Nearly every vendor in the market had something that could be marketed as part of a solution for big data, and this massive raft of misplaced technologies has led to misperceptions and misunderstanding of what is really needed for an organisation to really deal with the problem.