It is a modern dilemma for modern companies: Big data technologies enable them to acquire, organize, manage and analyze vast amounts of new types of information, much of it unstructured, but the new infrastructure developed to cope with this unprecedented workload must operate alongside existing IT architectures. The challenge is to marry the old and the new.
One possibility, of course, might simply be to do without the new. After all, while conventional relational database management systems can’t process unstructured data – which flows in from widely diverse sources, from social media and GPS sensors to weather data and news feeds – it is possible to translate this information into a structured form. In which case, traditional IT infrastructures might be able to cope.
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