Big data can transform enterprise operations, uncovering trends that could be easily overlooked and pointing the way to new opportunities. From detecting a seemingly insignificant mechanical problem that could shut down operations to pinpointing an untapped market, the value big data offers is significant.
Yet contrary to popular belief, instead of making it easier for businesses to extract relevant insight in a timely manner, big data can make it difficult. Data levels are rising, flooded with data sets from disparate systems and in formats that are both structured (Hadoop and NoSQL) and unstructured (Twitter, Facebook, blogs, shop floor readings, to name a few). These terabytes and petabytes of data sets do not automatically translate into the intelligence that various departments within an organization need.
Author: Mukund Deshpande