When you hear the term "fast data," your first thought is probably the velocity of the data. That's not unusual in the realm of big data -- where velocity is one of the V's everyone talked about. However, fast data encompasses more than a data characteristic; it is about how quickly you can get and use insight.

Working with Noel Yuhanna on an upcoming report on how to develop your data management roadmap, we found speed was a continuous theme to achieve. Clients consistently call out speed as what holds them back. How they interpret what speed means is the crux of the issue.

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