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Get Ready for These Big Data Changes in 2021 Ross Findon

As we bid adieu to 2020, corporates and big data leaders are looking for ways to get an edge over their competitors in big data projects. Since the inception of big data technologies, the trends in this industry have defined competition and adoption. Although 2020 has been a tough year for big data projects, just like any industry, 2021 is expected to be better. Here are some key big data trends for 2021:

  • Data from the cloud will form an important part

Cloud computing forms an essential part of discussion every time there is talk about big data. Now that the coronavirus has turned the workplace inside out, the cloud has even become one of the most critical areas of discussion that is expected to shape big data. As companies move towards massive adoption of cloud and cloud-first mentality, these two areas will be interlinked more than ever. Data from the cloud will shape customer experiences and decision-making at large.

  • Data integrity will be a great area of concern

Data integrity is an important aspect, especially in the age of interoperability. The corruption of data, that can result in ransomware or any other attack can lead to a serious problem in decision-making and the availability of information. With the rising number of sophisticated attacks, data integrity, which is determined by facets such as data mobility, data protection and others, are becoming essential. In addition to installing reliable backups, companies will invest in reliable end-to-end resilience and network security. Companies will also try to eliminate human errors and automation by focusing on configuration errors.

  • IoT and big data will forge a partnership

If there are technologies that will change the big data landscape, then internet of things (IoT) is among the top on the list. The adoption of IoT in different industries will change the future of big data. We are likely to see more technologies that combines with big data to advance organizations’ zeal to achieve better results. Big data analytics will increasingly break down information from IoT devices to improve dynamics.

  • Chief Data Officers (CDOs) will be in high demand

As big data gains traction, the place of data scientists and chief data officers can no longer be ignored. With the increasing amount of data and dependence on it to make critical business decisions, data professionals demand is rising. As we head to a new year, officials such as CDO will be needed to enhance access to information, secure data and ensure integrity in an organization. As companies continue understanding the importance of these professionals, CDO recruitment is expected to increase significantly. The demand for these experts will thus remain high in the coming year.

  • Data will become more accessible

One of the primary advantages of cloud computing is that it makes the accessibility of data flexible. It allows people to access applications from wherever they are. Going forward, people in the workforce will be able to access data with the growing number of self-service applications. Starting from next year, big data analytics will make way into businesses and will no longer be a preserve of a few specialists. Employees, both in managerial and nonmanagerial positions, will have knowledge of big data just as employees in organizations today know how to use word processors, spreadsheets and presentation software such as PowerPoint. Although this will be the case in 2021, it does not mean that everybody in organizations will have become conversant with data science. Instead, many employees within organizations will have good knowledge that is adequate to carry out important tasks.

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Scott Koegler

Scott Koegler is Executive Editor for Big Data & Analytics Tech Brief

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