Tackling Data{5}

This article spreads some knowledge about accumulation of data in businesses. There is so much digital data that if it was broken down into bits there would be more data particles then stars in the universe. The problem is that there is no real way for businesses to stop this data agglomeration so they are faced with the hideous task of having to analyze the data. The reason they would want to analyze data in their business is so that they can accurately calculate their profit and losses, but also the demographic information on their worst and most loyal customers. All this data can be complicated to manage, but most importantly it can cause performance issues on a network that is crucial to the business. Furthermore the article gives some ways of how IT managers tend to deal with this issue, yet all of them come with a negative side effect for the business. In conclusion it goes over that the best way to solve this issue is not to add more and more hardware, but instead to approach the way we store the data in a different database formats.

I thought this article was relevant to the class because in our first week of lecture we will  learned about data and metadata within databases. It was interesting to see how too much data not being managed correctly harms both large and small business. I personally did not have to deal with data over flow or any type of data that bottlenecked a network that I was in charge of, but I will probably have to at some point in the future, therefore it was interesting to gain a little bit of knowledge about it. The article was also very simply written and straight forward; it presented a problem with an open ended solution to it.

Source:  Lynn, Samara. (2012, September 19).  1.8 Trillion Gigabytes of Data, and Growing.

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