Big Data’s Biggest Challenges

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 05-30-2016 Email

While the vast majority of organizations are headed in the right direction in leveraging big data effectively, a number of challenges are keeping them from maximizing this resource, according to a recent survey from Attivio. On the positive side, most survey respondents say business unit leaders are easily accessing big data and using it to make quick decisions. They also expect increased investment into big data initiatives over the next five years. However, very few companies are taking full advantage of all of the data that's made available to them. Many users wait for at least a day to access big data sources for analysis, and most business users spend more time gathering data than analyzing it. And hirers are finding it difficult to recruit skilled data professionals. In addition, "shadow analytics" are leading to data governance problems, while legacy data storage systems require too much processing to meet modern business needs. An estimated 150 data pros and senior decision-makers took part in the research.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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