CIO Report: Big Data Through the Eyes of Your IT Staff
Author: Jim Kaskade
WHAT'S DRIVING AND SHAPING BIG DATA INITIATIVES?
Big data is more than a mere technology concept or by-product of our information-driven world — it is a vision of how things could be ... or perhaps should be. Today’s enterprises aspire to make decisions based on the best, most comprehensive information sources possible. Increasingly, those decisions have to be made within seconds, before competition starts creeping in. To help CIOs gain the clarity they need to accomplish this vision, we sought the opinions of those most familiar with the best practices and pitfalls of big data deployment — IT staff.
It’s been a year since our 2013 report, “CIOs & Big Data: What Your Team Wants You to Know,” and the need for data-driven insights has not deviated from its steadily rising importance for organizations. I don’t think I’m going out on any sort of limb by stating that the ability to deploy purposeful, data-driven applications across all parts of the organization is a defining factor of success in today’s business climate.
To help companies take the shortest path from data to value, CSC conceptualizes the big data adoption cycle — the process of fully integrating data-driven insight throughout the organization — in terms of six steps or phases:
• Phase 1: Big data is explored.
• Phase 2: Initial use-case deployment is underway or complete.
• Phase 3: Multiple departments have deployed solutions.
• Phase 4: Enterprise Hadoop/NoSQL cluster is integrated.
• Phase 5: Lines of business collaborate to expand big data solutions.
• Phase 6: Enterprise big data is integral to company-wide operations.
To understand both what is driving and shaping big data initiatives, and where companies are in the adoption cycle, we partnered for the second year in a row with SSWUG.org, whose members make it one of the largest enterprise technology-focused, community-driven sources for answers to IT-related questions and professional growth.