When the concept first emerged, Big Data was seen as a technical project and, as a result, under the responsibility of the IT department. More recently, executives in large and small companies alike have begun to recognize that properly deployed initiatives deliver real, actionable business results. For this reason, various executives have taken Big Data endeavors under their wings in an effort to augment internal operations and improve external relationships.
As Big Data becomes more common in the workplace, however, decision-makers are recognizing that there are still some technical hurdles that must be overcome for the initiatives to be successful. In many cases, these issues relate to storage and management because traditional, inflexible environments simply can’t keep up with the constantly growing volumes of increasingly complicated information.
A SYS-CON Media report highlighted how the inherent complexity of the data being collected today is often too overwhelming for conventional infrastructures. Sometimes, the rigid characteristics of traditional architectures means those technologies are ill-equipped to manage the constantly shifting and evolving nature of Big Data. These environments also may not have the means to support the crucial business intelligence solutions needed to transform useless information into meaningful data that can be used to optimize operations.
So what can enterprises do?
Fortunately, companies don’t need to shy away from the Big Data movement, even if they’re still relying on older IT architectures. Cloud infrastructure technologies are widely available that can help organizations of all sizes implement cost-effective and highly scalable environments capable of meeting the needs of Big Data.
SYS-CON Media highlighted how the cloud can be a significant boon in the face of Big Data because the hosted services have the capabilities needed to keep up with data that grows indefinitely. By leveraging cloud solutions, organizations can not only implement a scalable environment that can expand or contract along with the enterprise’s data volumes, but executives can also deploy important analytic technologies. These solutions play a crucial role in how well firms can prosper by embracing Big Data. After all, if decision-makers simply gather growing volumes of information but have no way to analyze it, how will they experience any benefits?