If you’re a CIO or CMO these days, you’ve most likely got a big problem on your hands. Big Data.
Big Data has gone mainstream, and not just tech mainstream. Your CEO and VP of Sales are demanding better, faster information to help them meet customer demands and business forecasts. Your CFO is looking for new ways to cut costs out of the Supply Chain and the VP of HR is looking for innovative ways to balance employee health and insurance premiums.
They’ve all heard that Big Data is going to give them better answers. And they are looking at you, CIO and CMO, to give them the answers they need. Now!
Here’s the challenge. Big Data requires a few critical elements that may be beyond your reach. Or least they were until recently.
- Big Data infrastructure is built differently than your existing IT environment. It has much different traffic patterns (more “east-west” than “north-south”). It expects the proximity of data/storage and processing to be much closer. Do you want another silo?
- Big Data applications are different than your existing BI/DW environment. They leverage technologies like NoSQL, Hadoop, Column-oriented Databases, DRUID and many other new ways to ingest, sort, classify and process data.
- Building Big Data applications requires a new breed of application developer and analyst. They are called “Data Scientists” and unfortunately they are challenging to find in today’s job market.
Beyond all that “new stuff”, you may also want to find ways to modernize or leverage existing investments you have in BI such as SAP. It would be good to find someone with deep SAP in the Cloud experience to help with those migrations or transitions.
So now you have two problems. You need better answers now, and building those capabilities could take months (or years), not to mention the budget cycles to pull the projects together. And then there are the skill set issues. What to do?
These types of challenges are exactly why Virtustream announced our on-demand Big Data Cloud solutions last week. Simply put, Virtustream brings together our expertise in running on-demand, Enterprise Class Cloud services with our Big Data partners to enable companies to get the infrastructure, applications and data-science expertise on-demand. Since Big Data touches one of your company’s most valuable assets, your information, Virtustream augments this service with unmatched levels of security, transparency and compliance, so you can trust that your business will make better decisions and be safe in the cloud.
Ready to get started on the path to delivering better answers for your business? Want to do it in a way that doesn’t get delayed by long budget cycles? Need an environment that’s as (or more) secure and compliant as your own data centers, but typically 20-30% faster and more cost efficient? If so, we’re just a click away to beginning those discussions.
Having the proper Big Data strategy in place will be the right answer for how the CIO and CMO are going to help improve the business in 2013. It’s time to get rid of those Big Data headaches.