Category Archives: Big Data News

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What Makes Big Data Projects Succeed

In this excellent post Davenport outlines what it takes to succeed in Big Data projects. Contrary to popular belief you don’t need an army of Math PhDs to kick-start your Big Data Program. Some smart thinking on selecting technology and assembling team along with good Project Management will go a long way in making it successful.

In Davenport’s own words

Of course, in addition to good project management, and the other factors, you need some good fortune. Big data projects involve new technology and new development approaches, and are inherently risky. And if you’re doing significant data exploration or discovery with big data, you will occasionally fail—which is not really a problem if you learn from the failures. Big data projects are still more like R&D than production applications. But those organizations that combine conventional project management wisdom with some of the big data wrinkles will have a leg up on success.

This is in line with what ThrivOn sees in the market with its own Big Data implementations. Although it is Big Data, the mantra should be start with a small business use case, iterate a lot and be ready to fail and start again. Its better for iterations to fail rather than the entire project.

via What Makes Big Data Projects Succeed – Tom Davenport – Harvard Business Review.

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ThrivOn’s Big Data Framework published in TDWI newsletter

ThrivOn’s  “A Framework for Understanding the Big Data Revolution” published in TDWI newsletter

A Big Data article co-authored by ThrivOn’s director of analytics Sachin Sinha was selected to be published in the TDWI Business Analytics newsletter. This article introduces a broad level big data framework for understanding the big data revolution. This Information Life Cycle Framework, introduced in the article, helps you navigate the big data technology landscape and see big data in light of a complete, end-to-end solution that can tackle the entire information life cycle.

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