IDC Opinion

written by:

PHILIP CARNELLEY

RESEARCH DIRECTOR Software, IDC Europe

Essential Guidance

Based on our research, IDC offers the following guidance to Big Data adopters:

1

Big Data is an intrinsic element of business/digital transformation: timely and controlled access to insights, based on certified data, drives action through new processes based on automation and intelligent systems and enables analytics tools to inform business decisions.

2

To maximize the benefit, your information architecture must outline a way to approach Big Data holistically… the power will come from integrated data. Data silos will not facilitate true Digital Business Transformation.

3

It's important to ensure your systems – processes and tools – have an integrated approach to data governance, security and data lifecycle management across the different data types and platforms, that can flex and adapt as needs change.

4

Don’t just rely on the native tools, such as in the Hadoop suite – holistic use of Big Data requires cross platform support for metadata, security and lifecycle management
- Few organizations have looked outside the default tools for alternatives

5

Be prepared for data usage requirements to change – evolution is going to be a fact of life in digital transformation as new uses for corporate data emerge. Your tools must be able to support that evolution.

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