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Squeeze big value out of big data
Harvey Koeppel, a former CIO and president of consultancy Pictographics Inc., describes the burgeoning era of big data computing and offers five tips that will help businesses turn big data into big value. One key to creating a successful big data strategy is making sure that governance processes integrate seamlessly with business objectives. Read Now
Gain valuable customer insights. Predict the future. Create new business opportunities. Big data holds these promises and more, but IT executives first need to formulate a clear business case and execution strategy. Without those elements in place, any effort put forth to gather, classify, analyze and ultimately act on data might be for naught.
This essential guide prepares business and IT executives for success by showing how their peers have made the business case for big data and rolled out a big data strategy in their organizations. Learn the tools, technologies and strategies used to turn big data into big business insights.
1Big data strategy: A video tutorial
Watch these video interviews with well-known data management consultants and big data technology users to find out how they ensure big data success over the long haul.
Organizations must shift focus to big data analytics
Colin White, president and founder of BI Research, thinks organizations are spending too much time focusing on big data management and not enough time on big data analytics, the processes and technologies that actually produce business benefits. "The data management piece is important, but what's of equal if not more importance is the analytics," said White. "It's what you do with the data that matters." Watch Now
The power of data analytics in building agility and value
In this video, Mojgan Lefebvre, CIO of insurance giant Liberty Mutual's Global Specialty, explains her belief that there are five ways to create business value: the right IT roadmap, governance, an agile IT structure, an IT team that understands the business it's in and a federated IT organization. She also talks about how her company is exploiting the power of data analytics. Watch Now
2The technology that backs the business plan
The key to launching and maintaining a successful big data strategy is aligning the goals of the initiative with the goals of the business. Once those goals are fully understood, it's time to find the technology that supports the plan. This section provides readers with information on the tools and technologies that build the big data ecosystem.
When planning a big data architecture consider these four factors
Learn the most important issues to keep in mind when enhancing an existing IT infrastructure to accommodate a big data architecture. Begin by getting a feel for the big picture and determine exactly what new data requirements entail. Read Now
Big data should be a major focus for SQL Server DBAs
Microsoft SQL Server database administrators will need to get a feel for the mainstay database management platform's big data connectors and related functionality to be effective in the future, according to Mark Kromer, a national platform architect at Microsoft. Read Now
3PayPal chief scientist on cracking the code for big data analytics
Now that you've established a strong base for your big data strategy and initiatives, it's time to find out how your peers have implemented these technologies. Learn how to move forward with a big data program from real-world technology and business professionals who are making it happen today.
Achieving big data success takes more than just technology
Organizations mulling a big data initiative should forget the hype, come up with a solid business case and put the right team together. This article highlights two companies that are achieving big data success. One is using Hadoop while the other is using the NoSQL database MongoDB. Read Now
Land O' Lakes takes on nonpristine data sets
There could a wealth of useful information hiding in data sets that contain errors, according to IT analysts and technology users. In this case study, find out how Land O' Lakes is using this so-called dirty data to enhance the bottom line. "Big data has given us the opportunity -- and the need -- to start thinking in new ways," said Land O' Lakes CIO Barry Libenson. Read Now