One of my favorite quotes about the future of business and thus the future of technology is: “Data is the new oil.”

This quote was in answer to the question of “What’s the next big thing?”. In modern business practices the more information that you have AND leverage in business situations, the better “armed” an organization will be for competitive advantage. According to a recent Enterprise Management Associates end user research survey on Big Data, the future of data management platforms is with multi-structured data sets and flexible data schemas spread across multiple platforms. This type of environment or ecosystem will focus more on the requirements of an organization’s processing and analytics; and characteristics of the data than it does on the functionality of a single predominate data management platform and how it can operate on the data.

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