Many companies are grappling with how to leverage the opportunities arising from big data. But, there’s nothing new about exponential technology change and the accelerating ability to capture enormous amounts of data.
And, there’s a lot to learn from earlier pioneers about how to tackle this challenge. Consider the U.S. Census. It took the U.S. Census Bureau seven years to process the 1880 census of 50 million Americans. Just a few years later, with the aid of Herman Hollerith’s punch card counting machines, the 1890 census of 63 million people was completed in less than half the time.
Author: Chunka Mui