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A path toward progress with Big Data

By: Ed Silva, Practice Lead, HP Big Data Analytics



progress.jpgSince HP Discover I have had the opportunity to follow-up with many attendees who expressed an interest in getting their heads wrapped around Big Data. Their feedback is extremely consistent…they know they have issues with big data and they know they need to be involved in big data, but they really don’t know how to get started with big data.


Watch SDR News Interview: HP Big Data Discovery Experience


Big Data is very disruptive. Many times IT doesn’t really understand how to get started with it, because they usually need requirements and a business case to move ahead. (Let’s face it, to embark on a Big Data initiative IT has to mobilize start-up resources, procure equipment and set-up the technology infrastructure.) One IT executive said to me “we need to have requirements so that we can create a business case, then we can get capital investment and build some solutions”. The business executive then chimed in, “But I can’t give you requirements because I don’t know what’s in the data, and until I understand the data there are no requirements and hence, no business case.”


Reflecting on these many conversations I had before, during, and after Discover, it is clear that organizations need assistance when it comes to beginning a successful big data journey. Both IT and the business need a path toward progress to quickly build an investment case upfront that can “prove” the value and insight of the data.


HP’s Big Data Discovery Experience has been designed to do just that…to simplify and accelerate the entry path to unlocking the value of your information through a safe and scalable discovery environment where you can experience big data technologies and explore different types of data with industry-specific use cases and analytical models. We offer it “as a service” supplying the expert resources (business and technical), facilitated processes and advanced technologies so that you aren’t hit with the initial challenge of investing in skilled resources, software, and hardware before fully understanding the value of that investment.


At Discover, Dragan Rakovich, HP Chief Technologist for Big Data, and I talked with Andy McCaskey of SDRNews about HP Big Data Discovery Experience. I urge you to take the time to watch our interview and learn about HP’s new information ecosystem that can help you with your path toward progress.



Additional information can also be found on the HP Big Data Discovery Experience site.

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