Editor’s Note: DMReview.com would like to welcome Faisal Shah to its list of online columns. Shah is co-founder and chief technology officer of Knightsbridge Solutions LLC, and his monthly column, "Managing Big Data," will focus on solutions in technology infrastructure, data architecture, ETL and applications. Shah will also co-author several columns with colleagues from Knightsbridge. "Managing Big Data" will be updated on the last Friday of every month.

It’s a data-driven world we live in, and data volume and complexity are escalating quickly. Every day, companies large and small constantly make new data. They make data when their customers perform transactions, they buy data from others and they multiply their detailed data by replicating it, aggregating it and so on. All this results in a lot of data dispersed inside enterprise environments.

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