Big Data Experience Is Much Needed—and Wanted

By Michael Vizard  |  Posted 10-31-2013 Email

While there's no shortage of interest in big data, a new survey of 1,500 IT leaders and 2,000 IT professionals conducted by TEKsystems, a provider of IT services, finds that at this point only a small minority have any real big data experience. Worse yet, both parties agree there are skills and IT infrastructure issues that still need to be overcome, and many senior IT leaders admit there is not much alignment between big data investments and existing business processes. Nevertheless, the general expectation is that investments in big data will lead to a broader use of analytics and facts that will ultimately allow organizations to make better business decisions. For the most part, however, the immediate business goals to be achieved as a result on investing in big data remain relatively modest, which may make it difficult for many organizations to show a positive return on their big data investments.

Mike Vizard has been covering IT issues in the enterprise for 25 years as an editor and columnist for publications such as InfoWorld, eWeek, Baseline, CRN, ComputerWorld and Digital Review.


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