Big Data: What Is It and Why Does It Matter?


When McKinsey & Company, the well-known global management consulting firm, calls Big Data the “next frontier for innovation, competition and productivity” you had better pay attention. All trends point to a Big Data revolution: data science is becoming democratized and machine learning is showing up everywhere. Additionally, Big Data is one of Gartner’s Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2013. But what is Big Data and how can you harness it’s power? How is it going to change the way you do business or affect consumers? These are questions that have answers; Big Data doesn’t have to be a mystery to you any longer. This week DailyTekk is focusing on unlocking the secrets of Big Data with the help of a few knowledgeable experts. Today I’ve asked them to explain what Big Data is and why it matters.

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From the Humanizing Big Data infographic (click to view).
From the Alteryx infographic Humanizing Big Data (click to view).

What Is Big Data and Why Does It Matter?

According to Margaret Dawson, “Big Data describes data sets that are too large or too difficult to store, manage and analyze using traditional database software and analytical tools, and therefore require a new approach using distributed models and parallel processes. Big Data doesn’t necessarily have to involve huge amounts of data, as it’s more about the information you need ...

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