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Big Data - the opportunity for better decision making.

unlimited data.pngThis week I had the opportunity to attend one of Leon Kappelman’s classes at the University of North Texas to participate in interactions with students about their senior project/presentation. The teams of students were covering a number of topics like BYOD, Cloud adoption, Biometric based security… All topics where I felt fairly comfortable.


One presentation was focused on Data Management in the Age of Big Data and they had one concept well understood that many analysts miss.


The opportunity for better decision making.


Too often IT folks focus on the data and not the context the data describes and what actions need to be taken.


The team focused on 5 key issues. The lack of:

  1. Data Governance
  2. Data Quality standards and management
  3. Data Architecture and Security
  4. Operations support
  5. Business buy-in

We had quite a discussion about the business buy-in issue, since we needed them to explain why it would get this far without buy-in but they explained that the issue orbited around business culture and the implications advanced analytic techniques would have on the culture.


I was happy to see these students internalized these concepts, and hope the organizations they move into after graduation are ready for their perspective.

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