Where would you build a wind-farm? Somewhere windy, obviously. But how would you know how windy that area was a year ago, two years ago, three? How would you know when the windiest time of year was? How would you predict the weather for today, the weather for tomorrow, the weather for next year and beyond? The answer: talk to 3TIER.
3TIER, an industry leading company dealing in renewables risk management, helps businesses decide where to place their wind-farms, solar-farms and hydro-dams by giving them all the information they need to assess the future energy potential of any location. How do they do this? Big data.
Nature kicks out an infinite amount of data and the more 3TIER can process the more it can help its customers. But, not so long ago, its infrastructure wasn’t able to scale, meaning it couldn’t meet the demands of its workflow. This limited 3TIER’s ability to grow its customer base. So, it turned to EMC to provide it with a big data solution. To read about how EMC helped 3TIER to predict the storm and allow its business to grow, open the case study below.
Read on for the most recent news stories to come out of the world of big data. This week we take a look at all the latest events, a novel visualisation from Amsterdam Schiphol airport, NASA’s most recent big data competition and the ways big data can help to improve daily life in the countries with serious mosquito problems. Take a look now for this news and more.
How do you begin to prepare your organisation to work with big data? IT leaders are constantly told by the industry press that they need to start using the valuable predictive insights that can be gained from large, multi-structured datasets. The problem is, there usually isn’t any information on how to actually get started.
Let’s change that right now. There’s no doubt that you do need to get going with a big data strategy – a 2011 IDC study claims that the amount of information managed by enterprise data centres will increasing by 50 times. You need to be prepared to handle this data and benefit from it. If you’re not thinking about a big data strategy, you’re competitors probably are: a May 2012 study by CIO Magazine, conducted on behalf of EMC, found that 54% of organisation are already putting together a big data strategy.
How do you put your strategy together? The most important part is to take account of the factors that are specific to your organisation. Which teams might benefit the most from big data insights? A large part of setting a big data strategy in motion is getting key stakeholders within your organisation involved, sharing your successes with the skeptical to build support, and picking your battles carefully. The last thing you want to do is be seen as a threat to other departments, a sort of ‘data police’ for your organisation. That’s a surefire way to make sure that no one else in your organisation will support you. And with major benefits on the line, you can’t afford to lose support. Be prepared for organisational politics and show everyone how a big data strategy can help them all.
That’s just one facet of putting a big data strategy in place, but it’s an aspect that is often overlooked. For more on how to prepare your organisation for a big data strategy, both culturally and operationally, take a look at ‘Big Data is Talking. Are You Listening?’, an interactive white paper from EMC.
Check out at all the latest big data news in our regular bulletin. How do the companies behind big data technologies see the field? Are football teams making effective use of it? And lastly, big data in 1955 – how and why? All of this will be answered in this week’s Big Data Insider, alongside another top stories, visualisations and information about upcoming industry events for everyone from developers to CIOs.
Welcome back to another episode of The Voice of Big Data — the podcast that thrusts itself right into the heart of the subject that is currently launching a thousand headlines: big data.
As ever, we’ll be asking and, in most cases, answering the big questions that revolve around big data. In this edition we’ll be delving into what the future holds for big data, in terms of business, e-commerce and healthcare — specifically relating to health analytics. We’ll also be finding out how targeted a marketing campaign can be.
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