Before big data
Data is complicated because it can be thought provoking and reveals patterns that tell stories. The narratives that come together can be structured or unstructured, integrated, aggregated, replicated, distributed, analyzed, migrated; the list goes on.
How the information is created is sometimes simple and makes sense. Ironically, when it is pulled from many sources, it presents complexity.
Why we care about big data and all data
Because we are in the business of moving data, it shouldn’t be a surprise that we are enthusiasts about critical thinking. So we pulled together some quotes about Data that will get your mental juices flowing.
“Information is the oil of the 21st century and analytics is the combustion engine”” – Peter Sondergaard, Senior Vice President, Gartner Research
“Data is the new oil? No: Data is the new soil.” – David McCandless, Journalist
“Big Data will spell the death of customer segmentation and force the marketer to understand each customer as an individual within eighteen months, or risk being left in the dust.” – Ginni Rometty, CEO, IBM
“Big data will never give you big ideas… Big data doesn’t facilitate big leaps of the imagination. It will never conjure up a PC revolution or any kind of paradigm shift. And while it might tell you what to aim for, it can’t tell you how to get there” – Margaret Heffernan
“Big data is at the foundation of all of the megatrends that are happening today, from social to mobile to cloud to gaming.” – Chris Lynch – Former CEO, ex-Vertica
“Above all else, show the data.” Edward R. Tufte, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Statistics and Computer Science, Yale University (and pioneer in data visualization)
“Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.” – Albert Einstein
“It’s easy to lie with statistics. It’s hard to tell the truth without statistics” – Adrejs Dunkels, Mathematician
“Experts often possess more data than judgement” – Colin Powell
“Without big data analytics, companies are blind and deaf, wandering out into the Web like deer on a freeway” – Geoffrey Moore; Crossing the Chasm and Inside the Tornado
“You can use all the quantitative data you get, but you still have to distrust it and use your own intelligence and judgement.” – Alvin Toffler, American Writer and Futurist
“Data, I think, is one of the most powerful mechanisms for telling stories. I take a huge pile of data and I try to get it to tell stories.” – Steven Levitt
“In God we trust, all others must bring data.” – W. Edwards Deming, American engineer, statistician, professor, author, lecturer, and management consultant
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