“Big Data,” the next possible step in Business and Sciences.{1}

by Kevin Q
The article describes how “big data,” which is large amounts of data that is being collected today and in the future, are becoming the norm with most large companies and scientific researches. A panel at a Silicon Valley event that occurred about a month back in December of 2011 discussed how “big data” is entering the early stage of its life like e-commerce did in the past. They explained that it could change the way data is handled and create new companies that could excel in handling big data. Large companies are collecting enormous amounts of data and the trend shows that it is only going to increase. “Data growth is already faster than both Moore’s Law and … network growth,” said Anand Rajaraman, senior vice president of Walmart Global E-Commerce (Lawson, 2011) Big Data would help scientific research tremendously, especially if it requires large amounts of data, increasing the computing speeds of crunching data. In an example they gave, they could reduce a computing process with huge amounts of data from 27 hours to one minute. They began discussing that the industry needs to plan and prepare for this change if they want it to go over smoothly.

I found this article an interesting read because it is the beginning of something somewhat new in the Database world. We already know that large quantities of data are being collected and stored as opposed to the past. Where and how it gets stored is something I didn’t really think about, especially now that they are looking toward “bid data”. Companies need extremely large data storage locations and this is something that we can possibly expect to run into in the database industry. It’s really neat to see the significant improvement it has on scientific research that is heavy on taking large amounts of data and analyzing it.


Lawson, Stephen. Big Data has Potential but Requires Care. ComputerWorld.com: Database. December 9, 2011. “http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9222567/Big_data_has_potential_but_requires_care?taxonomyId=173&pageNumber=1