10 Big Data Trends From the GigaOM Structure Data Conference

By Eric Lundquist  |  Posted 2013-04-01 Print this article Print

8. Dealing with a new model of application development

If the term big data is a concept in search of meaning, a new model for business application development holds meaning, which can make or break a company. Lengthy business requirements development, lengthy iterations and the ongoing divide between application developer and infrastructure operations teams has sent many grand software projects to a confused and costly death. "We now live in a world of disposable apps," Aetna's head of innovation Michael Palmer said to me in an interview. Instead of a lengthy and expensive development process, use several companies to develop a simple app and pick the one you like the best. Once you have found the best app, go on to iterating on the next app. The model is much more like trying out apps from an Apple or Android app store than the old enterprise model. This is a big change in enterprise application development and includes knowing as much about how to meld apps through API management as the actual app creation.

9. Applying new rules

Boiling down two days of data discussion is not easy. But I'd start with these. While big data might be getting ahead of itself in enterprise promises, it is real in bringing new capabilities to business. You need to think about the skills you have in your company and developing the data skills to adapt to this new model. Open source, which often has a bit of a fringe reputation in the enterprise, will be part of your technology future. Established vendors are going to promise they can give you all the capabilities of the startups with added stability, but I haven't seen any evidence so far. Think about your applications from the outside in, instead of inside out.

10. What's on the Fringe?

Maybe it isn't the fringe anymore, but consider how 3D printing will change your design process, how sensor-based data gathering will strain your current networks and how your employees living on mobile smartphones downloading apps from app stores may be just the people  you need to build your next technology road map.

Eric Lundquist is a technology analyst at Ziff Brothers Investments, a private investment firm. Lundquist, who was editor-in-chief at eWEEK (previously PC Week) from 1996-2008 authors this article for eWEEK to share his thoughts on technology, products and services. No investment advice is offered in this article. All duties are disclaimed. Lundquist works separately for a private investment firm, which may at any time invest in companies whose products are discussed in this article, and no disclosure of securities transactions will be made.


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