Big data causes severe friction

The accelerated expectations of the user communities have matured faster than the technical infrastructure and investment has evolved, says Sybase's Estelle de Beer.

There is severe friction and dissatisfaction between the demand-side and supply-side of corporate information in SA.

This is according to Estelle de Beer, practice manager, BI practice at Sybase, who is of the view that the country is further suffering from a diminishing senior skills pool which is needed to service this fast changing big data landscape.
Research firm Gartner defines big data as a popular term used to acknowledge the exponential growth, availability and use of information in the data-rich landscape of tomorrow. The firm explains that today's information management disciplines and technologies are simply not up to the task of handling all these dynamics.
“Information managers must fundamentally rethink their approach to data by planning for all the dimensions of information management,” says Mark Beyer, research VP at Gartner.
De Beer says among the challenges that local information managers are facing is the fact
that traditional data warehouses were seldom designed and architected to operate in near-real-time and to allow large user communities 24/7 access, with the expectation of executing any type of query against the entire data set.

“The accelerated expectations of the user communities have matured faster than the technical infrastructure and investment has evolved.”

She adds that business end-users have become very mature in their expectation of how, when and where to have access to data. However, she explains, the users are not concerned with the IT challenges that this may impose, as they have their own deliverables.
“If IT doesn't provide the means to access a pool of corporate data from any device, at any time, in any format – they will create their own data 'repository' which will cause consistency problems with information used by the business,” De Beer notes.
She also points out that many companies have decided to “ring-fence” their current BI environments and start new projects to address real-time access or analytics to consolidated corporate data.

Sybase this week announced the availability of its new guide on big data analytics, titled 'Intelligence for Everyone: Transforming Business Analytics Across the Enterprise'.
The company claims that the guide demonstrates through facts and examples that there are tools and methods to make sense of new and massive data sets, service all users at all levels, and analyse many different data types to provide actionable answers.