Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Big Buzz


Big Data was easily the tech buzzword of 2012. Easy to write it off as a fad, but the chatter is setting the tone for the future of data analysis and development. For example, an InformationWeek article, 5 Big Data Predictions for 2013, almost offhandedly announces the demise of the data warehouse as we know it.

The end of the data warehouse? That sounds awfully premature, at least in my business. I'm in oil and gas, we don't have streams of unstructured data we're struggling to make sense of. Or do we? A data warehouse meets our needs adequately. Or does it?

Point is, I don't know for sure.

So I listen. I keep my ear to the ground. Data analysis and management are topics that interest me, so I pay attention to what others are saying about them. Maybe I pick up a tip that helps me today. Maybe I'll get introduced to a concept that defines the rest of my career. Or maybe I'll be prompted to ask a question about my organization's data that I wouldn't have thought to ask if I hadn't explored beyond the sphere of my current environment.

So buzz or not, I'm listening to the Big Data discussion. I don't want to be caught off guard in 10 years when the data warehouse I've known and understood my whole career finally goes extinct--and me and my career with it.

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