Big data is a hot topic in BI and analytics. Yet it is a complex topic that is still in the early stages of evolution. Successful big data projects that deliver real business value are challenged by multiple definitions and rapidly shifting technologies. Achieving good return on your big data investment requires strategy that focuses on purpose, people, and process before exploring data and technologies. Strategy drives planning and architecture to ensure that big data complements and does not disrupt the existing BI and analytics environment. To prepare for success with big data, start by understanding all of the pieces and how they fit together.
You Will Learn
- Common definitions of big data and the implications of each
- Key characteristics of big data and why size is not among the top five
- The structures that can be found in “unstructured” data
- Types of big data sources—streaming data, social data, sensor data, etc.
- Value opportunities and common applications for big data
- Considerations when adapting architectures, organizations, and cultures to incorporate big data
- The scope of big data processes, tools, and technologies
- Business and data analysts; BI and analytics program and project managers; BI and data warehouse architects, designers, and developers; data governance and data quality professionals getting started with big data; anyone seeking to cut through the hype to understand the opportunities, challenges, and realities of the big data phenomenon