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Comments (2)
The telling thing about that research is that the companies doing well think of themselves as data driven. To me, that attitude is probably more important to their success than how skilled their data analysts are, whether or not they're using the latest technology, or how much data they analyze. By thinking of themselves as data driven, they are far more likely to make decisions based on the data they have. They are far more likely to prioritize data analytic projects, far more likely to understand the value of data quality, of integrating their systems, and generally of nurturing their corporate data intelligence.


Posted by Paige R | Tuesday, October 16 2012 at 5:23PM ET
well, would you not hope if there is a "big data" project, that there should be clear business objectives and benefits associated with it - unless people still do a project just to test technology without business context.... Subsequently the benefits should be measurable and as such the business can determine the value of "big data" - at least in a one time project setting ...
Posted by Christian W | Thursday, October 18 2012 at 5:23PM ET
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