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.

From the Desk of Big Data – Infonomics begins at home

Hello Enterprise IT. This is Data.


What’s in a name? I used to make light of this, and not attribute much significance to my most primitive forms, such as a “name.” Then I came across the principle of Infonomics – applying economics to information – as originated by Douglas Laney, Gartner Research VP. This principle opens up the possibility of enterprises endowing me with tangible value, proper context, and treating me like they would other assets. This is great! However, I now realize it’s not just enterprises – but individuals such as yourself – who must do add value to me as well. Jessica Leber asserts this in A Stock Exchange for your Data based upon the white paper by Bernardo Huberman, Senior Fellow at HP Labs.

Getting a Brontobyte of information from HP Discover

Sometimes, when someone doesn’t understand a story, we say, “I guess you had to be there.” That’s very true for HP Discover. It is only after coming to the conference and being physically present here that the sheer magnitude—both of the event and of the information available to attendees—hits me.  Just think about it: 9000 attendees, 208 demos,  and 21,367 attendees signed up to 397 sessions.  Makes me wonder how large this blob of information could be? Is it a gigabyte? Or, a terabyte? A petabyte? An exabyte? A zettabyte? A yottabyte? Or, a brontobyte?

Is your business as social as your customers?

“Put yourselves in the customer's shoes.” That’s a phrase that I have heard, experienced, and advocated for time and again over the years. There is a constant need for enterprises to have direct visibility into the customer's mind. Kind of like having a movie entitled What customers want? with Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt, similar to What women want? The urge to penetrate the customer's mind drives surveys, focus groups, opinion polls, suggestion boxes … the methods of traditional feedback mechanisms is long. Yet, when I am a customer, I’m not shy about sharing my feelings or experiences in social media channels. And I’m not alone.

Customers, in other words, have gone social. Question is: Has your business gone social?

Data Governance—It is the data, stupid—govern it!

IT used to be referred to as Data Processing. Despite the continuing evolution of IT through various paradigms, platforms, technologies, architectures and tools, the fundamental unit that IT is processing is still data. However, data has taken various forms and shapes. Cloud Computing has opened up opportunities to store and process structured and unstructured data. The need for Data Governance has been there since the day data processing was born. However, it has taken on a new dimension of its own in today's times.


“It is the economy, stupid”, was the election campaign slogan for one of the political parties a few years back.  Guess what the campaign slogan would be today for Data Governance in the Land of IT? “It is the data, stupid”!

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