Don't correct me if you've heard this one before: Information wants to be
free. The Internet, cloud services plus mobile devices offer limitless
possibilities to experience this freedom. With Big Data, information wants to
be relevant, too. There are now more mobile phones in the world than people,
so querying and interacting with data has become ubiquitous and affordable.
That vast ocean of structured and unstructured tidbits online is talking to
us. Are we listening?
The empowered consumer can discover nearly anything, anywhere and anytime
with a few taps or clicks. Consumers will research what they might buy, often
right at the store. And I'm not just talking about price comparisons. A
potential buyer will do hardcore data sleuthing, looking into the brand's
history, scan reviews and seek out input from friends and family before ever
putting anything into the sho... (more)
When I talk to CIOs, they usually complain that the trend of Bring Your Own
Device, or BYOD, is undermining their ability to keep their organization's
infrastructures and data secure. Every employee who comes to work with his or
her smartphone or tablet and pulls up sales reports, help tickets and other
corporate data creates a small hole in the IT armor companies have spent
billions to build. Over time, the argument goes, the holes become a dangerous
My response to those worries: BYOD is a force of nature, so you better not
get in its way. And it's just raising the curta... (more)
Now that Big Data has become a household name, 2014 will be the year
companies demand solid proof that data can help their decision-making and
their bottom line. As the entire web becomes a seamlessly connected data
warehouse, I predict that organizations will have the power at their
fingertips to connect and query dozens of data sources in the moment.
I have identified four key trends in business intelligence and cloud
computing for 2014:
1. The entire web becomes the data warehouse.
Companies large and small are finally able to say good riddance to big
capital expenditures in o... (more)