Big Data: Big Problem or Big Opportunity?

Posted 15 November 2012 2:35 PM by Commvault

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Recently, I was interviewed by Enterprise Management 360 on the topic of Big Data. The discussion centered on how to turn Big Data from a liability to an asset and ultimately how to think more strategically about your data. It got me thinking that what's interesting about the Big Data trend is that, more than ever, it's the users who are in the driver's seat instead of (dare I say it?) technology vendors. This is a good thing. Users are the ones driving the demand for better business insight, with real time access to information so they can make more informed decisions, better predictions and usher in new levels of productivity. Extracting business value with speed and scale in the face of big data volumes is critical to maintain an edge over the competition in the "always on," 21st century enterprise. It's exciting to think about the new and unprecedented ways we'll be able to use information in the future.

Another good thing about all the big data hype is that it's forcing some early conversations and collaboration among cross-functional stakeholders about their specific needs and how they'll extract value from information throughout its lifecycle. Self-service is big in these discussions. For example, what is the best way for a user to collect business data, store it, organize it, analyze it and then report on it? A solid understanding of how users plan to use information is also critical in order to develop an information management strategy that meets the needs of the business in the most holistic and forward-thinking way.

In a recent blog, I introduced the report from Gartner "Does Integrated Backup and Archiving Make Sense?" and our Simpana OnePass technology. That conversation continues through a new CommVault whitepaper called, "What Big Data Means to Information Management." This paper discusses deploying an integrated information management strategy that resonates throughout all levels of an organization. For example, by removing silos of data, a variety of users can realize both operational and infrastructure savings as well as eDiscovery and compliance benefits. Specifically, without silo'd data, it's much easier to forecast, analyze and budget properly for the ongoing onslaught of Big Data without compromising data integrity, security, accessibility or accountability.

Big data is indeed a big opportunity, a gateway to new value across the enterprise for every line of business. Since users are calling the shots, tell us how you'll tap big data and use it in your everyday pursuits? What's important to you as you access and consume information? How will it transform your business?


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