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BLOG: Don't expect big-time results from big data

Bob Lewis | Jan. 28, 2013
Big data is here, but barriers suggest success will be modest; for many companies, it may prove unsettling and disappointing

My prediction: Big data will be here for the long term, but its success will be modest rather than spectacular. That's the technology, as measured by sales and implementations.

Value is a different matter. For most companies that head down the big data path, the value will never be entirely clear, and the whole outcome will be vaguely but unsettlingly disappointing.

Those will be the lucky ones. For some it will be much worse, but that story will have to wait until next week.

Bob Lewis is president of IT Catalysts, Inc., an independent consultancy specializing in IT organizational effectiveness and business integration. He writes the Advice Line blog for InfoWorld. 

 

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