One thing about the data explosion at the edge of the enterprise is that it will bring an unimaginable amount of data into the grasp of organizations. We think today in big data terms of petabytes. For many organizations this big data is the gathering of their operational data into central sites that can be used. For others, this data comes in the form of aggregating the social web of information from Facebook, Twitter and the like.
As we move into having more information coming from the internet of things, everyday devices can contain sensors and provide data to the point where it will eclipse the information coming from humans. It will be measured in zettabytes and more. Examples within our everyday lives that you can buy today:
- Botanicalls – enable your plants to tweet you when they are dry
- PuppyTweets – enables you to have a message whenever your dog moves or barks. The Puppy Tweets™ tag detects it and sends a Tweet.
This kind of information flow enables individuals to have a richer understanding of things they care about. For businesses, sensing every machines and every physical interaction is well within the realm of what’s possible.
Data techniques will need to have bigger better servers and radically different data storage and analysis techniques. Network capabilities will need to expand. The types of displays and interactions with the information will need to change as well. Organizations need to start thinking about the kinds of information they wish they had and how they will get it into a usable form.