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Posted by Mike Gualtieri on May 17, 2012
If you think the term "Big Data" is wishy washy waste, then you are not alone. Many struggle to find a definition of Big Data that is anything more than awe-inspiring hugeness. But Big Data is real if you have an actionable definition that you can use to answer the question: "Does my organization have Big Data?" Proposed is a definition that takes into account both the measure of data and the activities performed with the data. Be sure to scroll down to calculate your Big Data Score.
Big Data Can Be Measured
Big Data exhibits extremity across one or many of these three alliterate measures:
Volume, velocity, and variety are fine measures of Big Data, but they are open-ended. There is no specific volume, velocity, or variety of data that constitutes big. If a yottabyte is Big Data, then doesn’t that mean a petabyte is not? So, how do you know if your organization has Big Data?
The Big Data Theory of Relativity
Big Data is relative. One organization’s Big Data is another organization’s peanut. It all comes down to how well you can handle these three Big Data activities:
Calculate Your Big Data Score
For each combination of Big Data measures (volume, velocity, variety) and activities (store, process, query) in the table below enter a score:
Add up your scores in the points column and then sum at the bottom to get your Big Data score.
Once you have tallied your score, look in the table below to find out what it means.
I hope this helps and by all means, let me know how to improve this.
Mike Gualtieri, Principal Analyst, Forrester Research
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Contributed by Mike Gualtieri on Sat, 05/19/2012 - 09:44