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FEATURE1 October 2012

Big. Big and clever

Data analytics

It is hard for us to get our heads around just how much data is being produced every year. We’re wowed by it, but ultimately size doesn’t matter. The size of a dataset does not correlate to its worth. This section is about Big Data, but what we’re really interested in is smart uses of that data.

This section is about Big Data, but what we’re really interested in is smart uses of that data. Which means that rather than being awed by all the data that is available to us, we should be figuring out which bits of all those billions of bytes will help us understand customers better. It means abandoning the misguided assumption that big behavioural datasets can tell you all you need to know and accepting that there’s still a reason to ask ‘why’ rather than just observe ‘what’.

Using big data smartly needs a technologist’s touch, an analyst’s eye for detail and a researcher’s knack for figuring out the real business question – and how to answer it.

Thanks to our sponsors GfK and SSI.

Brian Tarran, editor

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7 years ago

Hats off to whoever wrote this up and poestd it.

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