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Big data projects require integration, quality tools

Rachel Wheeler Archive
The rise of big data is providing the private sector with both benefits and challenges, as managing databases composed of mountains of information is difficult without the right tools. IT expert David Linthicum highlighted these trends in a recent blog post, noting that data is no longer bound to a single, static environment.

Because of the proliferation of online resources, data now comes in structured and unstructured forms, Linthicum asserted. However, decision-makers are no longer interested in "day-old" intelligence, as many data quality standards require information to be current. This is forcing companies to adopt innovative database management and integration solutions to reduce the complexity of regulating assets across multiple storage environments.

Linthicum noted that today's databases are highly fragmented, meaning IT executives need to ensure they use the appropriate solutions to keep information accurate and up to date.

A separate IT Business Edge report also highlighted the importance of integrating data across multiple planes, noting that executives should develop a map of information both inside and outside the organization's own on-premise storage architecture. As the volume of resources continues to grow in the coming years, this cartography will become increasingly important.