The seismic restructuring of data-driven practices triggered by the dawning of big data is best understood retrospectively. Suddenly, organizations were contending with myriad data structures, formats, and distributed, geographical data source locations in timeframes and quantities overwhelming the capacity of existing systems.
Of equal importance was the ascendance of several supplementary technologies flourishing in the wake of the big data era, placing previously undue emphasis on social, mobile and cloud platforms. The resulting infrastructure, architecture, and IT challenges indicated a paradigm shift of the entire data environment dictated by an onset of forces altering the very manner in which business was conducted.
Author: Sean Martin