If you think big data is big now, just wait for the internet of things


When the internet of things comes to fruition, the economics of big data analytics will start to pay off, said Gaurav Dhillon, founder and CEO of SnapLogic. It will be a world in which sensored devices will grow far beyond the NEST thermostats and Fitbit devices some of us now have.

The foundation of the current  data warehouse business was the simple bar code, used to replenish inventory. Data warehouses are now a $30 billion business, he said. Now imagine when there’s input from all these other devices and machines generating and transmitting data. That’s when the “numbers of big data start to ring true,” Dhillon said at GigaOM’s Structure Data conference on Wednesday.

There are already apps that ping a retailer if they notice a shopper wandering aimlessly around a superstore. The app will will send a sales associate to help the wayward shopper find what she’s looking for. “That could be quite useful,” Dhillon…

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EMC’s Paul Maritz: it takes leadership to move companies toward a data-driven future


It would be easy to think that moving companies toward a future in data would be a technological challenge, but Paul Maritz, EMC’s chief strategist and a key member of its Pivotal Initiative spin-off, took a different approach: it’s about human leadership.

Speaking with Om Malik on Wednesday in New York for GigaOM’s Structure:Data conference, Maritz talked about the two potential courses a company might take in heading toward a data-driven future:

“I think there’s two ways. One way is, unfortunately, Darwinian evolutions,” he said. “But others will change and change always comes through leadership, where someone in the organization has to really step up and drive change.”

Maritz said when he was at VMWare, he was fascinated that in looking at different companies in the same businesses, he could see that some would be fifty percent virtualized, and others only ten percent virtualized, simply because of the mindset at the…

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