11 Ways to 'Game Plan' for Big Data

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 09-18-2014 Email

By now, CIOs realize that there's potentially endless value in big data. The road to analytics deployment, however, is lined with many pitfalls, as seven of 10 of these initiatives fail to achieve their anticipated value, research findings reveal. Clearly, any success here depends upon a number of variables—including many that have little to do with technology. It's safe to say, in fact, that analytics initiatives represent the primary means for CIOs to demonstrate their capabilities as business-impacting leaders. With this in mind, we're presenting the following best practices to help you come up with a winning game plan for big data. They have been compiled from online resources posted by Information Control Company (ICC) and Intel. While several are tech-focused, the majority address the strategic side of the equation. "Any major technology initiative … demands a sound strategy aligned with your business goals," says Steve Grover, vice president of business analytics at ICC. "[Data] is not simply the latest shiny object to be enjoyed for a while, then tucked away discreetly when it doesn't fulfill expectations that were never properly defined." For more insights from ICC on big data, click here. For more about the best practices from Intel, click here.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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