6MS Episode 58 Are you Listening to Your Data?


Do you find managing the information in your business a Challenge?

Are you coping with Big Data issues?

Do you know what Big Data is?


Chris Stanley is a Senior Director at Virtusa, the information technology services company, and he was speaking at a recent Talend Conference on Big Data.

I am grateful to Chris for allowing me to record his presentation and share his slide deck.

The accompanying slidedeck to Chris’s presentation is below and can be read in conjunction with his presentation. You can find the full transcript of the presentation on Slideshare, click on this link.

Full Disclosure: I have no financial arrangements of any kind with either Virtusa or Talend.  These presentation are shared with you for their information benefit alone.

The audio quality is a result of my recording the presentation with my digital recorder while sitting in the audience and is entirely down to me.  I hope it does not spoil your enjoyment of the presentation.

If you have any comments, please leave them below or email at jbdcolley[at]aol[dot]com.

Thank you, as ever, for joining the Conversation.

Are you drowning in the Big Data Tsunami?


I spent a very stimulating day at the Computing Magazine Big Data Summit and my thanks to them for laying on a well attended and very well organised event.  You can find the report on the Summit here: http://www.computing.co.uk/ctg/news/2188239/gallery-computings-summit

The issue of Big Data is at the cross roads of Business Strategy and Technology so I thought it would be worthwhile summarising some of the points made by the speakers and the various panels through the day.

So what is Big Data and Why is it important?

Today it is estimated that businesses access between 1% and 5% of their data.  The remainder lies effectively hidden and inaccessible (unsearchable, unstructured and siloed) in discrete legacy systems throughout organisations.  This is not to suggest that this data is historic data – much of it is generated currently but businesses do not have the tools to turn it to good use.  It is this huge amount of data which is increasing exponentially that is called “Big Data”.

If you can adopt the right tools then the management and analysis of Big Data can provide a significant competitive advantage.

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