HorizonWatching 2012 Trend Report: Big Data

I’ve posted a trend report on Big Data to Slideshare and embedded that deck at the bottom of this post.  The slides provide an overview on the Big Data trend.  

There’s no denying that our appetite for creating, gathering, and storing data continues to grow and grow and grow.  This information explosion is taxing information management professionals everywhere and resulting in a new buzz word across the industry called “Big Data”.

So what is Big Data?  To me, it refers to how we collect, store, and manage information that comes into an enterprise so that it can be harvested for decision making.

15-20 years ago data was coming in from just a few sources, mainly customer transactions, supply chain transactions, and employee payroll.  Transactions initiated by humans.  Today, data is coming in from everywhere, including other computers and sensors. In addition, the huge growth of videos, pictures, audio, social media and other unstructured data is taxing the storage systems and information databases of many data centers.

These trends continue to put pressure on IT departments to determine how best to design the storage infrastructure and the database warehouses in order to make it easy for the analytic tools to harvest the data for decision making.  That is the challenge of Big Data.

The slides provide an overview on the Big Data trend. Summary information about the Big Data trend is provided along with many links to additional resources.   The slides are meant to be read/studied and the links are there for you to continue your learning.  You may want to view the slides in slideshow mode so you can easily follow the links.