Big Data

With data sets rapidly growing in volume, more and more technologies are being developed to help organizations leverage all their information – and more and more big data consultancies are emerging to help deploy and configure the technologies.

These days, it seems like “Big Data” consulting vendors are everywhere.

This makes sense. The benefits of an effective big data strategy – improved decision-making, increased information intelligence, better customer insights – are impressive, and potentially transformative.

But here’s the thing about big data: It’s not just a technology issue. While such voluminous data sets do require some particular pieces of infrastructure, simply deploying a software platform like Hortonworks or Cloudera is unlikely to yield tremendously positive results. Rich data governance and data management expertise is still required to extract value from information, no matter how many terabytes are in play.

First San Francisco Partners’ information management consultants are the leaders in helping organizations efficiently harness and analyze their big data assets – proprietary, public or purchased; structured or unstructured. We consistently drive business success because we begin with time-tested methodologies and industry expertise, rather than relying exclusively on technology.

Big Data Governance

To ensure there is clarity on data access, integration, usage, management and ownership, effective big data management begins with a big data governance program. This includes traditional data governance practices, in addition to big data-specific topics like:

  • Data sources – What are the data sources? Which are of value?
  • Business requirements – What are the requirements by line of business or division?
  • Metadata management – What is the purpose, definition and usage of each data attribute? How does your technology solution work with metadata, or not?
  • Business stakeholders – Do you need data stewards?
  • Technology – Where can big data be integrated into existing infrastructure?
  • Data quality and profiling – How accurate does the data need to be? How can the data be made usable and actionable?
  • Policies – What policies are needed for administering, monitoring, stewardship, privacy and security?
  • Security and privacy – What are the permissions for viewing and sharing data?
  • Metrics – Are you getting the data you really need, when you need it? Are you creating business value?

Big Data Management

An effective big data management strategy provides insights from real-time data and content about customers, competitors and products – exactly what organizations need to be more agile and responsive to market and customer needs.

This can’t be accomplished with technology alone. While big data analytics software is certainly required, it must be combined with big data governance techniques, including:

  • New techniques processes used to aggregate, manipulate and analyze the data
  • Big data infrastructure and architecture
  • Lifecycle processes for big data – determine requirements, capture/store, process, integrate/organize and consume
  • Integration with “traditional” enterprise data sets

Ready to make your big data work for you? First San Francisco Partners can help. Contact us today to learn more.

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