Big data has a lot of potential to benefit organizations in any industry, everywhere across the globe. Big data is much more than just a lot of data and especially combining different data sets will provide organizations with real insights that can be used in the decision-making and to improve the financial position of an organization. Before we can understand how big data can help your organization, let's see what big data actually is: |
The Velocity is the speed at which data is created, stored, analyzed and visualized. In the past, when batch processing was common practice, it was normal to receive an update to the database every night or even every week. Computers and servers required substantial time to process the data and update the databases. In the big data era, data is created in real-time or near real-time. With the availability of Internet connected devices, wireless or wired, machines and devices can pass-on their data the moment it is created.
In the past, all data that was created was structured data , it neatly fitted in columns and rows but those days are over. Nowadays, 90% of the data that is generated by organization is unstructured data. Data today comes in many different formats: structured data, semi-structured data, unstructured data and even complex structured data. The wide variety of data requires a different approach as well as different techniques to store all raw data .
90% of all data ever created, was created in the past 2 years. From now on, the amount of data in the world will double every two years.
If we look at airplanes they generate approximately 2,5 billion Terabyte of data each year from the sensors installed in the engines. Also the agricultural industry generates massive amounts of data with sensors installed in tractors.
Having a lot of data in different volumes coming in at high speed is worthless if that data is incorrect. Incorrect data can cause a lot of problems for organizations as well as for consumers. Therefore, organizations need to ensure that the data is correct as well as the analyses performed on the data are correct. Especially in automated decision-making, where no human is involved anymore, you need to be sure that both the data and the analyses are correct.
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