8 Reasons Big Data Projects Fail - InformationWeek
8 Reasons Big Data Projects Fail
Threaded  |  Newest First  |  Oldest First
User Rank: Author
8/7/2014 | 9:49:56 AM
Big data talent
"Sicular is right when she advises that it's best to look for data scientists from within, as "learning Hadoop is easier than learning the business." Interesting to hear an expert like Matt state this so succintly. We hear the same from some forward-looking CIOs. Are you listening, hiring managers?
D. Henschen
D. Henschen,
User Rank: Author
8/7/2014 | 9:59:43 AM
Pleased to have Matt Asay Contribute
I've enjoyed Matt Asay's writing on big data for some time. I'm really please that he offered this contribution to InformationWeek. Practical, real-world advice for an enterprise audience is our stock in trade, so this column is a perfect fit. I particularly like (and echo) the advice to rely on your existing staff to experiment with big data approaches to known problems.
User Rank: Author
8/10/2014 | 1:10:32 AM
Just Spot on!
This is actually 100 percent spot on. The word "big data" has already become a byword along with "context" and yet only a few people really understand them. The herd mentality certainly hits a soft spot to me, as well, because that's how I see most of these companies do: just because everybody is doing it, they think they have to do it too. I am not saying only a few have to do big data, but again, it's about understanding the reason why it should be done in the first place. With understanding of the vision and/or the goal comes the proper planning that helps identify the right process, people, and technology for big data. 
User Rank: Moderator
8/10/2014 | 1:28:29 PM
Re: Just Spot on!
I agree with the test and learn stage. The analytics of big data is a crucial element within further understanding the big data process and to create strategies. With so much data available for the enterprise, the right test and learn applied with appropriate metrics is key.
User Rank: Apprentice
8/11/2014 | 7:46:15 PM
Nothing beats the basics.  Such as an intimate understanding of the data.  Other basics exist.  Such as Gartner's research is more than a year old.  Ancient in othr words. Gartner's news release did not clarify if they had 720 respondents, or if they sampled 720. No dicussion of response rate. They say, "survey of 720 Gartner Research Circle members"--which doesn't actually sound like a sample at all.  Given the lack of basic information it is hard to tell if the small year to year differences may or may not be meaningful.  What Gartner's study says to me is that despite the hype, nothing much changed year to year.
User Rank: Ninja
8/15/2014 | 12:22:04 PM
Knowing questions to ask
Great overview.  According to a recent IDG SAS survey, knowing which questions to ask and interpreting meaningful insights are two tasks very few organizations feel capable of accomplishing.  There needs to be more education around making use of data. At the same time, organizations need to learn to start small, celebrate successes and build on. 


Peter Fretty

How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security Enterprise
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security Enterprise
To learn more about what organizations are doing to tackle attacks and threats we surveyed a group of 300 IT and infosec professionals to find out what their biggest IT security challenges are and what they're doing to defend against today's threats. Download the report to see what they're saying.
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
2017 State of IT Report
In today's technology-driven world, "innovation" has become a basic expectation. IT leaders are tasked with making technical magic, improving customer experience, and boosting the bottom line -- yet often without any increase to the IT budget. How are organizations striking the balance between new initiatives and cost control? Download our report to learn about the biggest challenges and how savvy IT executives are overcoming them.
Twitter Feed
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.
Flash Poll