Defining the Big Data Revolution

Stories about revolution tend to look the same: an oppressed, disenfranchised population coalesces around an inspiring idea. They organize and overthrow their rulers to establish a new, hopefully better organization based on the ideas that inspired them in the first place. While the historical realities of revolutions are more complicated, there must be something to the mythologized version I outlined- that story has shown incredible longevity.

A lot has been said recently about the “big data revolution”. We’ve written books about it, and insightful articles about those books. We blog about it and teach it in our Universities. In June 2014 we learned “SNS Research estimates that Big Data investments will account for nearly $30 Billion in 2014 alone. These investments are further expected to grow at a CAGR of 17% over the next 6 years.” But, I hold to the belief that if you cannot define something, it does not exist. So, like any current movement in technology or industry, we are still defining what the big data revolution is.Read more