Getting the Most From Your Big Data Stores: 10 Best Practices

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2 - Tap Your Customers' Networks
3 - Don't Assume You Know Your Customers' Wants or Needs
4 - Capture Everything to Avoid Blind Spots
5 - Focus on Quality of Your Data Rather Than Quantity
6 - Be Agile
7 - Your Business Operates in Real Time—So Should Your Analytics
8 - Analytics Should Never Impose Risk on Your Production Systems
9 - The Data is Yours, Use Every Bit of It
10 - Look at the Full Picture
11 - Keep Your IT System Neutral
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Getting the Most From Your Big Data Stores: 10 Best Practices

by Chris Preimesberger

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Tap Your Network Data

These are gold mines of information of which many companies don't take advantage.

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Don't Assume You Know Your Customers' Wants or Needs

Embrace your customers for what they do, rather than what you think they're doing. Stay objective and allow the data to provide the insight.

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Capture Everything to Avoid Blind Spots

Blind spots can lead to missing critical information and a skewed overall picture of a customer's experience. Make sure you truly capture everything that can influence the customer's experience and behavior.

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Focus on Quality of Your Data Rather Than Quantity

After capturing everything, focus on feeding your analytics solution with the data that matters the most.

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Be Agile

Customer needs and priorities are always changing. Technology must be agile and able to adjust as well. To ensure that your analytics don't lag behind, you must be able to adjust them on the fly to meet continuously changing requirements.

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Your Business Operates in Real Time—So Should Your Analytics

The ability to gain insights into your customers' experience and behavior in real time allows you to understand what's happening as it's happening and take appropriate action steps as needed to ensure optimal user experience and business results.

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Analytics Should Never Impose Risk on Your Production Systems

Nor should analytics have a negative impact on your customer's experience. Capturing everything and avoiding blind spots should have no impact on your site performance.

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The Data is Yours, Use Every Bit of It

Aggregated data can hide critical insights. It is the granular information about your customers' behavior and experience that will render the most valuable insights required to continuously improve your customers' experience and business results.

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Look at the Full Picture

Leverage the data that resides in different data stores to make sure you are able to "connect the dots." Correlate that data as early as possible in your analysis to gain complete, accurate and timely insights.

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Keep Your IT System Neutral

IT should never limit your application implementation decisions and should capture customers' experience and behavior information from any type of device (laptop, desktop, smartphones, tablets, etc.).

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