It’s becoming increasingly clear that all data is big data, and enterprises that haven’t done anything to structure their data for analysis and application may soon be too late. Big data management is commonly the differentiator for companies that are able to pull ahead of their competition, and the management of that information is getting even smarter.
There are some new trends emerging in big data that may signal its impending maturation in the IT marketplace. Consider these changes in big data and how they might affect your own enterprise and plans for big data management:
Structuring data: There appears to be a push-and-pull between structured data and the concept of enterprise data warehouses that store data in a massive lake of information. While some continue to lump data all together for potential future access, there’s a lot of attention on accessing structured data for real-time business intelligence. It’s expected that newer big data platforms will outpace the legacy enterprise data warehouses.
Machine learning: Machine learning is evolving from being a science fiction-like future reality, and is being effectively applied to solve challenges. From anticipating customer behaviors in order to suggest a next step to creating processes in manufacturing that eliminate inefficiencies, machine learning is currently adding value to businesses. Machine learning makes it possible for customers to access an automated assistant in customer service that could be more helpful at assisting them because they have the benefit of data informing the conversation.
For instance, when a customer with an invoicing problem calls, the automated system can tell from the phone number that this is the third time the customer has called about invoicing issues, and direct the conversation accordingly.
Desktop HPC: After all the momentum moving to cloud solutions over the last few years, the pendulum may eventually swing back a bit. There are new solutions available with low-cost, powerful computing nodes that stack right on a desk. They are about the size of old disc storage enclosures and are designed to run distributed software.
It may seem surprising with all the benefits of cloud solutions that enterprises might consider going back to housing big data solutions, but considering the proliferation of smartphones, it’s clear that small, affordable and powerful compute is attainable.
The solutions around big data management are still maturing and there are likely to be more new trends that emerge around mobilizing data for enterprise management. Enterprises that embrace the potential for using data to better understand customers and fine-tune business processes will outpace their competitors.
If you’re one of the enterprises that has waited to implement big data solutions, it’s time to get started. Or maybe you’re well-versed in big data structuring, but you’ve recognized that your systems aren’t serving your objectives to their full capacity. Contact us at Cory Communications to discuss the possibilities for better structuring and use of your big data.