Journey through Enterprise IT Services
In Journey through Enterprise IT Services, Nadhan, HP Distinguished Technologist, explores the IT Services industry, and discusses technology trends in simplified terms.

Will Big Data be around 148 years from now?

148 years ago, in 1865, Sir Henry Furnese employed several techniques to realize financial gains from his portfolio of investments. That’s when “Business Intelligence” was referenced in a book published by D. Appleton and Company. On Page 210  it reads: “[Sir Henry Furnese] maintained a complete and perfect train of business intelligence.” So the term “Business Intelligence” is centuries old, but remains alive and kicking 148 years later. I wonder if, in the same vein, the term “Big Data” will have a similar life span? What will Big Data represent 148 years from now circa 2161?

Going back to the future with business intelligence

Thanks to a tweet by Doug Laney, VP, Gartner Research, I came across the phrase “business intelligence” in a book published by D. Appleton and Company, in 1865 — 148 years before this blog post. Page 210 of this book mentions Sir Henry Furnese, and the techniques he used to realize financial gain. The particular sentence that Laney called out was "[Sir Henry Furnese] maintained a complete and perfect train of business intelligence." In other words, the need for, and the usage of, the phrase “business intelligence” is centuries old. So what’s new about this term today?

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