Companies Struggle to Wrangle Big Data

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 10-09-2012

Companies Struggle to Wrangle Big Data

Agenda Item
87% of survey participants anticipate that Big Data will be important for the next two years.

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Room for Improvement
Only 6% of companies say they are "exactly" where they want to be in using data.

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Sticker Shock
59% of survey respondents anticipate higher costs associated with data for the next two years.

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What Kind of Big Data is Significantly Growing?
Email (as cited by 62% of survey respondents)
CRM/customer records (55%)
Word, PowerPoint and other docs (47%)
Log files (45%)
Images (45%)

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How Big Data Is Taking Its Toll
• Wasted time that could be spent in other business areas (as cited by 50% of survey participants)
Inefficiencies and lack of agility (43%)
Internal confusion over priorities (31%)
Reduced margins (30%)

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Rogue Agents
53% of those surveyed say that it's at least "probable" if not "definite" that employees contribute to the Big Data situation by circumventing approved IT policies or using unauthorized apps.

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Learning Curve
Only one-quarter of business-side execs are even familiar with the concept of Big Data, compared with 44% of IT execs.

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Who's Driving Big Data Initiatives?
CIOs/IT staff (as cited by 49% of survey participants)
CEOs (43%)
CFOs (20%)

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Coping Mechanism
46% of companies are turning to virtualization or deduplication to better utilize existing hardware while dealing with Big Data.

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Biggest In-Demand Skillsets for IT Employees on Big Data
Ability to develop long-term plans for data storage (as cited by 51% of survey participants)
Data-storage/networking admin (45%)
Data storage backup, recovery, business continuity (45%)

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