Doug Laney is a research VP at Gartner Research covering business analytics, big data use cases, “infonomics,” and other data-governance-related issues. He has also led a number of international analytics and information-management-related projects. Before joining Gartner, he launched the Meta Group's Enterprise Analytics Strategies research and advisory service and established and co-led the Deloitte Analytics Institute. He recently talked with Information Management’s editorial director John McCormick about one of the biggest big data challenges – the variety of data. What follows is an edited transcript of their conversation.


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