Big Data Experience Is Much Needed—and Wanted

 
 
By Michael Vizard  |  Posted 10-31-2013 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    1-The Status of Big Data Initiatives
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    The Status of Big Data Initiatives

    IT staff with actual hands-on big data experience are still very much a minority.
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    2-Business Decisions Driven by Analytics
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    Business Decisions Driven by Analytics

    The majority of respondents are still primarily relying on experience and instinct.
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    3-Big Data Business Objectives
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    Big Data Business Objectives

    Tactical business goals dominate the big data agenda.
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    4-Will Investments in Big Data Be Worthwhile?
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    Will Investments in Big Data Be Worthwhile?

    The value of big data is an article of faith.
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    5-Percentage of Strategic Decisions Made Using Analytics
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    Percentage of Strategic Decisions Made Using Analytics

    About half of respondents said more than 50% of strategic decisions relied on analytics.
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    6-How Often Precise Data and Analytics Are Needed
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    How Often Precise Data and Analytics Are Needed

    A little more than half said always or frequently.
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    7-Areas of Most Big Data Difficulty
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    Areas of Most Big Data Difficulty

    Volume and velocity combine to be the two most challenging attributes of big data.
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    8-Top Big Data Obstacles for IT Leaders
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    Top Big Data Obstacles for IT Leaders

    It’s hard to justify an ROI in technology that the business can't use.
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    9-Top Big Data Obstacles for IT Professionals
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    Top Big Data Obstacles for IT Professionals

    The IT staff sees the issue as being one of a lack of tools to do the job.
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    10-Which of the Following Applies to Your Organization?
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    Which of the Following Applies to Your Organization?

    A lack of integration and data quality issues are troubling.
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    11-Is There a Shortage of Big Data Talent?
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    Is There a Shortage of Big Data Talent?

    It's clear there is a dire need for more big data training and certifications.
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    12-Is It Difficult to Hold on to Big Data Talent?
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    Is It Difficult to Hold on to Big Data Talent?

    About half are dealing with workers that other employers are trying to poach from them.
 

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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