Big data continues to change the landscape of IT, in software, hardware, and personnel. Information architecture reaches beyond the actual nuts and bolts of IT; it involves vision about the overall. Big picture, some would say.

This interesting topic was inspired by an article found on Computer Weekly titled, “Big data spells new architectures.” Looking to the historical elements in business intelligence, we must learn from our past. How organizations are handling big data, both in storage and visualization, is key to what corporate IT will look like a decade from now.

According to Mark Madsen, president of the consulting firm Third Nature, “The role of IT changes with cloud infrastructure, software as a service, applications moving outside, and so on. And so we are not managing servers, or databases, or applications (other than some security administration). Our job, as IT, revolves entirely around one thing — data integration..”

Melody K. Smith

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