Security is an on-going issue in IT, with data breaches and how to prevent them, top of the agenda for many CIOs. This has been exacerbated by the rise of big data. Business lines are keen to make the best use possible of big data, for marketing, HR or indeed any area of a firm’s operations that can benefit from the improved business insight that big data can deliver.
But is it possible to keep the business lines and IT happy? Is big data really that much of a security issue anyway? Continue Reading
2013 has been the year of data controversy. With the furore around PRISM in particular making headlines around the world, data has never been so topical and contentious. Is it really ok for internet firms to hand over consumer data to the US National Security Agency (NSA) and is this just the tip of the iceberg?
This has of course, made many organisations think even harder about where they store data and the location of their data centre. Bigstep discusses the top issues to be mindful of when choosing your next data centre location. Continue Reading
Why you need data?
It’s popular, it’s in the now. It’s already in the dictionary. But, there’s only one thing that makes the difference: how to use Big Data in a smart way.
Now, data means all sorts of things, from raw demographics to order frequency, or to product preferences and many others. Most of the data that we can come up with may take a long time to extract and my not be actionable. You may not be able to do anything with it, except maybe understand your customers a little better, but it might not be worth the effort.
Dashboards for executives, on the other hand, have proven to be a valuable tool. It helps you keep a closer eye on the business. And no, accounting reports won’t do unless you get them every day and you get graphs so that you can see trends. Continue Reading