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Big data and automation

big picture view.pngI was talking to a group the other day about the need to align Big Data activities with automation to take latency out of organizational response and then came across this post titled: Computers that predict the future, where it talks about a number of real world examples of using Big Data techniques to overcome scarcity.


A sample from the article is:

“Helberg built a system to model highway traffic, which showed that reducing the distance between vehicles resulted in an end to stop-go delays. The only proviso was you had to reduce the space between moving vehicles so much that you needed self-driving cars to make it work.”


Cloud computing deployments today do much of this kind of automation within IT processes. The manufacturing industry has been doing this for decades using modeling and analog feedback loops.


“We can look for patterns and anomalies and these may be used to predict outcomes or create policy. We are also on the cusp of a world with unparalleled volumes of data and analytical sophistication.”


In a twitter based discussion yesterday, (keyword #convcloud) we were firing tweets back and forth about cloud, devops and business. A few of the posts dealt with the issues that IT is facing today related to automation are going to expand throughout the business. The artificial separation of “IT” and “the Business” may actually be part of the problem with IT implementations today as opposed to part of the solution. In order to develop the deep insight that “big data” demands (let alone automate the enterprise response) the business needs to be deeply understood. These are not stand alone skill sets.

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