Big data success depends on IT alignment, expertise
Big data has become an increasingly critical focus for enterprises in every sector, but decision-makers are still struggling to make sense of these vast volumes of information. In order to extract value from these sources, enterprises need to seek reputable database experts to aid in capturing and analyzing both structured and unstructured data.
According to CMSWire, a major reason that big data projects fail is that departments often aren't on the same page in terms of defining the scope, objectives and technological needs of these initiatives. In order to effectively mine this information, the source asserted that business and IT groups need to be aligned on the goal of these efforts. By committing to a specific problem to solve or question to answer, firms are much better prepared to derive the right analytics. Another issue, the news source revealed, is that access to data is often too restricted, preventing certain team members from finding useful answers. This is mainly due to siloes that have been formed around sales, marketing, HR, financial and other data that has been strictly guarded and inhibits the gathering of real insight from big data. While some of these siloes are necessary for compliance, CMSWire explained, buy-in needs to come from top executives so that adequate information can be made available to those who need it.
Expertise and support
And even with emerging technologies for big data analysis, CMSWire pointed out that many of these solutions are so foreign that enterprises lack the ability to work with them to drive results. It is critical to have the right skills on board when executing these initiatives because these projects go beyond traditional analysis. CMSWire asserted that big data requires an understanding of machine learning and natural language processing, knowledge that many IT teams lack. Fortunately, firms can partner with database experts to fill this shortfall.
Lifehacker reported that Gartner Analyst Brian Burke recently emphasized the importance of acknowledging the big data skills shortage at the Gartner Enterprise Architecture Summit.
"Some of you are already wrestling with the issues of big data inside your organization," he said. "Some of you know that it's coming but aren't quite sure how to prepare for it. This challenge is about skills that aren't just about IT. They're clearly also about business… You must help your organization gain clarity so there are two sides of the house working together in unison."
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