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By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 01-06-2012 Print
Managing the ever-growing amount of data your organization produces can be a daunting problem. New cloud technologies seem to present some solutions, but they also bring their own data challenges, according to a recent survey from consulting firm KPMG. What do CIOs and IT organizations need to do to make sense of their Big Data? To gain an edge over the competition, they need to reduce the complexity of data and use it to make better decisions, the survey finds. And many decision-makers are turning to Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution upgrades to make that happen. "In the past, the focus was usually on connecting processes or transactions from disparate systems, often creating a hodge-podge of unfocused information," says Stephen G. Hasty, national advisory innovation leader for KPMG. "Today, executives have solicited business-unit input in advance, and planning for new IT frameworks at leading organizations already includes data analytics, predictive modeling and cloud strategies to improve corporate knowledge." More than 335 executives took part in the research. Here are selected highlights:


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