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Thoughts on Choosing the Right Big Data Solution

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Thoughts on Choosing the Right Big Data Solution

Drop in on any conversation between CIOs and CDOs, and chances are you’ll hear the term “big data” pop up more than once. As enterprises strive to deal with the increasingly overwhelming volume, velocity, and variety of their data, specialized solutions are becoming essential. But how do you decide which solution is right for your organization?

That’s the issue Datamation’s Cynthia Harvey tackles in her latest article, “Comparing Big Data Solutions.” Harvey advises readers to begin addressing this task with the most basic question, “Do I even need this?”

If the answer is “yes” (and it probably is), she recommends discussing the need with existing vendor-partners, breaking the massive undertaking into smaller projects, and considering the advantages of cloud-based solutions over hosting on premises.

Harvey then goes on to ask a series of experts to offer their best tips — including GoodData’s CEO and founder, Roman Stanek, who advises readers to focus on their business objectives:

"Many customers get into a feature and functionality bake-off, when in reality you need to think about how you are going to partner with a vendor to ensure your success in bringing an analytics offering to market," explains Roman Stanek, CEO and founder at GoodData. He adds, "As opposed to thinking strictly about individual features, consider the wealth of expertise and knowledge a vendor can bring to your partnership."

Stanek says that the most important question a company can ask their big data vendor is "How are you going to help me or allow me to create value from my data assets?" In addition, he advises, "Consider how you are going to productize the analytics solution to turn it into a profit center for your business. Work backwards as you would with any new product or feature you are going to introduce to your product portfolio."

Other expert tips include looking for scalability, ensuring that the solution can handle many data types, and leveraging existing investments. Harvey collected some interesting insights from a diverse group of thought leaders, and I encourage you to take a look.

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