Data as a platform

A (Data) Platform storm is brewing..

With all the movement around Big Data and it’s related technologies, one challenge companies either face today or will do so soon, is how to manage their requirements with so much disruption and evolution in the technology space.

This is where the power of the platform comes into play. Platforms allow you to focus on your business needs and hide the complexity of technology challenges. This is a very important consideration.

To demonstrate that this movement is getting legs, I am going to highlight 3 insights using a 3 year timeline from 2011.

In 2011, Accenture delivered a research project called Technology Vision 2011¬†¬†where they found that data is taking it’s rightful place as a platform inside enterprises.

In 2012, enterprises started acting on this ; a very telling example is Disney, which you can read about in this article.

Fast forward to today in 2013, in Big Data convention after convention, Doug Cutting makes it clear that Hadoop and it’s ecosystem is becoming more and more a Big Data OS.

This article about the Chicago Big Data Conference shows this topic of Big data as a platform as one of the top threads.

With so many new tools and technologies in this space, you don’t want to be caught in the trap of adopting and managing a disparate set of tool sets. A Platform allows to focus more on the services and product needs without exposing technological churn.