Big Data Poses Challenges, Opportunities for Businesses
Companies across the board are seeing data volumes grow with customer data, email and instant messages, log files and documents leading the way.Big data initiatives are delivering generally positive early results for the companies that have launched projects, hinting at the potential to come, according to a survey of 402 business and IT professionals by CompTIA. The report found organizations also express a willingness to work with third parties for help with their data initiatives, with more than one-third of companies surveyed currently working with an IT firm for their data needs, though these engagements tend to be somewhat simplistic. Companies across the board are seeing data of all types grow in volume, led by customer data, email and instant messages, log files and documents, the survey indicated. Respondents also are dealing with fragmented and siloed data, with 45 percent of companies saying that a high degree of their data is fragmented and another 42 percent saying their data fragmentation is moderate.
"The biggest hurdle that companies face when implementing a big data strategy is a solid understanding of where corporate data exists and how it is used," Seth Robinson, senior director of technology analysis at CompTIA, told eWEEK. "Beyond this, the other major hurdle is a lack of skills, especially in areas such as real-time analytics or data security."