Big data redux

If you’re a veteran of IT, you’ve possibly been thinking that data, on its own, is completely unimpressive.  We collect and store so much of it (235 terabytes collected by the Library of Congress in April alone, according to McKinsey & Co), that we’ve reached a point where we (IT folks) are only impressed when someone says they can make sense out of all that information.  Counter-intuitive, right?  Well, only for people who don’t have to manage data everyday.  Once you get past the amazing physics of the hardware and the network, and the advanced intelligence of the software programs, the data itself is simply an inert set of bits and bytes.   I’m exaggerating, but just a bit.

Making sense of impossibly complex warehouses of information is what the current Big Data rage is all about.  I’m a believer that companies, and people too, who figure out how to precisely read the tea leaves of massive amounts of data will be the true beneficiaries of the computer age.  The secrets of success are not so easy that they can simply be  collected and stored on rows and rows of disks.  Like many things in life, making sense of data and finding enduring success requires effort, the effort expended to correlate seemingly random factoids and finding larger meaning within the combination.  My bet is that the effort will be very rewarding.

About Peter Armaly
I get jazzed by automation, big data, and blockchain tech. Business, technology, and fitness are things I understand. Scotch, wine, food, and fiction are things I appreciate.

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