It is strange, what fear of change does to people. Fewer than 1 in 5 managers believe that they have all the information they need to perform their jobs effectively. Yet, so many are afraid to change their tried and ‘trusted’ decision processes because “that is the way we have always done it.” They admit that they lack the facts to decide about the future of their organization, they count on their intuition and keep the status quo.
These are trying times for CIOs and their teams. There are so many applications out there to improve business and refine insights from data. And their number keeps on growing. It goes without saying that this is an excellent trend for companies but installing, monitoring and maintaining these apps (and the networks, servers and storage facilities behind them) can be a real bind for those in charge of IT. As the complexity of the underlying infrastructures and operations keeps on growing, they might find themselves almost continually involved in performing repetitive, basic-level tasks.
Our mothers always told us to ‘think before we act’. Yet, in the rush of innovation, some of us seem to forget this very important principle of life and work. Organizations seem to be in such to hurry to take advantage of predictive analytics that they sometimes launch themselves into the Big Data success story without giving some crucial basics too much thought. Information Governance, and more specifically data security, is one of these essentials. When you depend on data for gaining a competitive edge, securing it becomes all the more important.
posted on Thu, December 13 2012 in Big Data
IDC has just released its riveting 6th EMC-sponsored Digital Universe study. This unique report measures all the digital data that was created, replicated and consumed in a single year and provides a projection of that digital universe to the end of the decade.
posted on Fri, December 07 2012 in Analytics, Big Data, Data Scientists
Cities are magnets, attracting people from everywhere to their bright lights and exciting opportunities. But they are groaning under the weight of their expansion which is as steady as it is fast. Their streets are clogging up with congestion, their inhabitants consume electricity faster than utilities can produce, crime is increasingly difficult to control, people are dissatisfied with civil services, etc.