Forbes has published an article that points out an opportunity for Semantic Technology companies. The article discusses the lack of understanding in companies around big data. Author Gil Press writes, “Listening to Gartner analysts Sheila Childs and Merv Adrian talking yesterday about big data infrastructure challenges, I was reminded of a story Mike Ruettgers, former EMC CEO, liked to tell about similar challenges in the early 1990s. At the time, the reigning buzzword was ‘client/server computing,’ signaling a shift to relatively inexpensive servers based on the UNIX operating system. The early adopters were not the people in the glass houses, the data center managers. Rather, they were marketing managers and other business executives.”

He goes on, “Visiting the CIO of John Deere, Ruettgers asked him whether he saw these ‘distributed systems’ coming back to be managed by the IT department. As Ruettgers told Dan Morrow of the Computerworld Honors Program, ‘I got a reaction that I always remember. He got red and the veins started to pop out on his face and he said, ‘I told those bastards not to do it to start with. Now they want me to take it back. I’m only going to take it back if they crawl on their hands and knees over 100 yards of broken glass.’’ Is this the future of the big data projects popping up all around the corporate world? While the Gartner analysts thought IT should own big data because ‘there are a lot of technical issues,’ they also said that ‘in many cases, these projects are going outside of IT’.”

Press notes, “You may find that all of your best DW, BI, MDM practices for SDLC, PMO and Governance aren’t directly applicable to or just don’t work for Big Data. This is where the real challenge of Big Data currently lies. I personally have not seen a good example of best practices around managing and governing Big Data. If you have one, I’d love to see it!” Read the rest here.

SemanticWeb community, let’s not let Mr. Press down. Share your thoughts and insights in the comments below.

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