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Big data ultimately isn't about trends, fashions, actionable insights or metrics - but merely understanding the availability and growth of data, almost disproportionately with respect to what is available and what we need. The phenomenal, if not explosive growth can overwhelm and very soon have enterprise take their eyes off basic needs like security, legality and verification of source / association of data and/ or its footprint. Then there's a whole new ball-game with storage and stewardship of this data finding the 'relevant'. Suffice to say, there's plenty of opportunity to both learn and adopt.
Posted by Eamon W | Friday, August 01 2014 at 1:05AM ET
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