Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Big Data a Big Deal

Big Data is such a non specific term that it may cause some confusion as to what it is and why it is important.

We are progressing further down the road as a data driven society, so it is becoming imperative that we better understand the big picture of Big Data.  How is it emerging as a technological solution set for business, community and how we evolve as a society.

Starting with the Wikipedia definition:

"In information technology, big data is a collection of data sets so large and complex that it becomes difficult to process using on-hand database management tools or traditional data processing applications. The challenges include capture, curation, storage, search, sharing, analysis, and visualization. The trend to larger data sets is due to the additional information derivable from analysis of a single large set of related data, as compared to separate smaller sets with the same total amount of data, allowing correlations to be found to "spot business trends, determine quality of research, prevent diseases, link legal citations, combat crime, and determine real-time roadway traffic conditions."

What does this mean to the South Puget Sound?

This will be the overarching them of this years South Sound Technology Conference.  We will explore what big data means and how it effects healthcare, business, protecting our national infrastructure and most importantly what it means to you.

March 8th in William Philip Hall.