- December 27, 2012
Last week our Chief Science Officer, Dhruv Bansal, participated in a Dell World Chief Technology Officer Summit focused on Big Data. It was definitely a riveting conversation! The panel was moderated by Josh Neland, Technology Strategist for Dell, and included Brian Andersen, Technology Strategist from Teradata, Jim Thompson, Engineering Vice President and CTO with Unisys and Tim McQuillen, CIO & Founder of StrongMail Systems.
The panel discussed a number of Big Data topics with an audience of 40 CIOs – and certainly Big Data is about the hottest topic on CIO’s minds. One exchange examined the concept of the value chain of Big Data projects, specifically the challenges of starting with raw data, putting it through a process of loading, transforming and curating it with the end goal of uncovering the insights needed to drive the business forward. Examples of true ROI abound.
Jim Thompson brought the analogy of “empowering data,” concentrating its power to deliver precise business value and distinct insights. This will be critical for future success in the enterprise.
Dhruv Bansal stressed the importance of knowing the questions you are trying to answer through your Big Data project, noting that successful Big Data projects know these questions before starting out. This is the key link between a Big Data project and the business.