Does big data have a rogue side just like the cloud? That's what we aim to find out with our #CIOchat question this week: "Do organizations need formal policies with respect to handling Big Data?"
The question which comes from ECF editorial director Bill Laberis implies it does. Of course, it's nowhere as big a problem as posed by rogue clouds. And will "formal policies" snuff out innovation? I admit the term makes me shudder and is reminiscent of the days when IT puts the clamps on everything digital.
One thing to bear in mind is that all companies and even huge divisions within them are different and have different needs. Each one faces a different set of challenges every day. So while this is good general advice, it could be less applicable given the realities these organizations are facing.
Imagine having thousands of applications to put into the cloud. What are the steps to taking on such a massive project? Well, this is what I told a customer who informed me that he had five thousand apps to migrate into the cloud. I suggested a six step approach.
1) Understand the vision, establish the priorities
I don't agree with David Linthicum's post in InfoWorld that contends the IaaS and PaaS markets will no longer support smaller providers. He also argues that the little guys will have to exit those markets and find something else to do.
While getting into the cloud fast can seem attractive, a deliberate step-by-step approach is the wisest course. Rushing to the cloud without considering all its implications is not a good idea. So here are five steps to consider as you evaluate cloud options.
Companies are adopting the cloud as they realize more and more benefits. Few jump in whole hog based on the cloud hype and there's been plenty of that. Still, as the cloud becomes more mainstream, new terms crop up.
By 2030, the amount of data is forecast to have grown to 1 Yottabyte (a lotta bytes, for sure...think 1 followed by 24 zeroes). That was the prediction of Martin Saddler from HPLabs, who I heard make a presentatation in London a few weeks ago.