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Are You Managing these Big Data Issues? Featured

Are You Managing these Big Data Issues? Priscilla Du Preez

Data has become one of the most crucial resources in organizations today. Unlike in the past, no business can succeed without data which is vital in decision-making. With massive amounts of data being generated every second from business transactions, customer interactions, and sales figures emanating from various sales platforms, data has become the fuel that drives businesses. All this data is referred to as big data. Data from multiple sources coming to an organization needs to be gathered and analyzed to enhance decision-making. However, this is easier said than done. There are various challenges to big data that are encountered during this process. Here are some of the issues that you should manage in your big data initiative.

  • Inadequate understanding of big data

Many organizations fail in their big data initiatives due to inadequate understanding of this concept and how it works. Most employees do not know what big data is, how it is stored, processed, and used in decision-making as well as its importance. On the other hand, professionals might be aware of it, but others may lack comprehensive knowledge that could have been helpful to their respective organizations.

  • Too many big data technologies

Big data technologies are coming to the market thick and fast. Although this is a good thing for big data, it is easy for professionals and organizations’ leadership to get lost in the technologies that are now available in the market. For instance, choosing the right technology between Spark or Hadoop MapReduce will become a challenge. Similarly, it becomes difficult selecting one between Cassandra or HBase in the storage of data. Without the proper knowledge, the availability of these technological opportunities can hinder appropriate decision-making. This can only be sorted if those new to the world of big data seek professional help. Hire the right people for consultation.

  • Data growth challenges

The rapid increase in the amount of data that requires storage is one of the most pressing challenges in the era of big data. The amount of data streaming into data centers and databases is rising rapidly. With this exponential growth, it becomes tough to handle data. Most of this data is in different formats, mostly unstructured, and comes in forms such as free-text, videos, audio, documents, and other sources. This data can be handled by adopting modern technologies such as tiering, compression, and deduplication. Doing so reduces the number of bits or size while deduplication removes duplicated data from a dataset. Tiering, on the other hand, enables companies to store data in different storage tiers.

  • Inadequate data professionals

To effectively use big data technologies and tools, companies need skilled professionals. These professionals include data scientists, analysts, and data engineers, knowledgeable and experienced in working with tools and translating big data sets. As the adoption of big data increases, organizations continue facing a challenge in getting enough data professionals to help them in implementing their big data initiatives. This means that more actionable steps from different stakeholders are needed to sort out this issue and avail enough data scientists.

  • Security

With data becoming a valuable resource for organizations, malicious actors look for ways to access it and use it for their personal gain. As such, securing data has become one of the biggest challenges of big data. Sadly, most companies concentrate on understanding, storing, and analyzing data while leaving security for the last. This is not a good move since unprotected datasets can become a target for malicious actors. This may lead to massive losses in case of a breach.

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Scott Koegler

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

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