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Tips for Adapting to the Big Data Superstorm

With today’s technology, there is a lot of data sources and, therefore, a lot of data. There is suddenly an urgent need to find the best way to govern ‘big data,’ which means that the methods we previously used are quickly becoming obsolete because they can’t handle the volume. This is creating what is known as the ‘big data superstorm,’ which sounds rather overwhelming. In terms of mass, it definitely is, but it’s not unmanageable. Here are some tips to ensure that your company comes out the other side better than ever.

  1. 1.       Prepare for the inevitable.

The ‘big data superstorm’ isn’t one of those ”we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it” situations. It’s something that is going to happen, and you are going to need to address it, so it’s time to start identifying your company’s major data sources, anticipating increases, and establish who is responsible for what. Knowing what you’re working with is extremely important for choosing a solution or solutions.

  1. 2.       Assign a team to the task.

Dealing with your big data isn’t something you can do when you have spare time. You need to put muscle behind it – ideally, muscle that knows what it’s doing. Make sure that your team is prepared to acquire, assess, and procure solutions and is also capable of addressing current blind spots in your data governance.

  1. 3.       Get a solution that can scale to fit your needs.

You’ll likely need  multiple tools to manage your data and governance. Find tools that are scalable and that serve multiple functions – like a cloud service provider that includes phone systems, storage, and maintenance – in order to implement efficiency and save money.

  1. 4.       Trim the fat.

Data-wise, there’s a lot of stuff you’ll want to keep, but for the sake of efficiency, you should keep only the data that’s required to run your business. Get rid of dark data and find out how to modernize as many of your processes as possible.

  1. 5.       Buckle down for the long haul.

Data governance is a long-term strategy, not a quick fix. Plan and prepare, and be ready to adapt when necessary. Understand what is time-sensitive and what part of the strategies can be implemented over time. Perhaps most importantly, make sure that everyone is on-board and well-informed so that everyone knows their role in governing data. Communicate clearly and don’t forget to celebrate your successes.

Nicole Yeager

About Nicole Yeager

Nicole is the Marketing Manager for Broadview Networks, now part of Windstream, where she enjoys marketing the latest technologies businesses can leverage to maximize productivity, improve security and reduce costs.

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