Data Storage: Big Data Programs: How to Get Started

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2012-08-15 Print this article Print
Getting Started: Define the Big Data Starting Point and Compelling Business Drivers

Getting Started: Define the Big Data Starting Point and Compelling Business Drivers

Structured and unstructured data are growing at an annual rate of 60 percent, according to IDC. Enterprises are awash with data, easily amassing terabytes and even petabytes of information in all forms—sensors, photos, videos, online transactions, and cell phone signals, to name a few. It is easy to get overwhelmed on where to start, so have a clear idea and established goals for return on investment (ROI) on your first project, and make sure you have line of sight to your next one, so you can use the same tool to handle them. Defining business-driven opportunities and establishing the end goal for the larger organization—whether it is cost savings, increased ROI, or reduced risk—is the key first step in establishing a big data program.
A shift in data management is under way. For the business world, the days of the relational database as the de facto data management approach are coming to an end. Instead, enterprises are plunging headlong into a dynamic new era of data explosion and innovation. As a result, many elements involved in data management are changing –the data itself, IT's approach to the data, the people working with the data, the technology options and the skills needed to support new applications. There are new opportunities to gain insights from data for business decisions and success, but with this comes the need for change. Organizations everywhere must implement big data programs, but with so many moving pieces, it is unclear to some how to proceed or where to start. Here, eWEEK examines what this new era of big data management means and how IT pros should think about a big data program to be able to extract all potential insights from the goldmine of data that an organization possesses.
Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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