There has been a lot of talk lately about big data and it can be confusing because everyone’s definition of big data differs. No one is comparing apples to apples or oranges to oranges. How do you define big data?

According to the “experts”, big data involves more than humongous stores of data. Big Data is defined by how fast it’s created and the many formats it is created in, which can include everything from unstructured text to Web or sensor logs to digital media.

IT Business Edge brought this topic to our attention in their article, “Big Data Platform Should Support Data Exploration.” One thing that is for sure, organizations do not know any more about big data than the professionals do, and therefore they are approaching it from a cautious stance as they determine “what’s in it for me.”

Melody K. Smith

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