The EMCworld theme this year is “Cloud Meets Big Data”. If you are in IT or follow technology news you are well aware of these terms. You may not be aware of what they mean but that doesn’t stop most people from using them.
I’ve met and spoken to several other conference attendees most of whom are from large companies with huge investments in technology. For a guy like me, it is easy to feel like you don’t belong and just wandered in off the street. Is there room in the cloud and big data for little old me.
The answer is yes. We are in the midst of one of those major leaps forward in technology and you can’t afford to ignore what is going on around us. From EMCworld 2010 to this year, cloud technology and services have become applicable in more cases and within the price and technology range of many more companies. A friend likened current data storage technologies to email in the late 80′s and early 90′s. Companies were seeing value in internal communications and had systems for internal use only but not connected to the outside world. Then we began to connect and share. This is where data is going.
We are at this intersection of Cloud and Big Data. The amount of data we are generating and storing is exploding each year. We are also at the point where people are use to having data and functionality with them 24/7 via mobile devices in their personal lives and are expecting the same in their corporate lives. No industry or business can avoid this future.
Another factor driving this change is the economy. The fat days are over and we need to find ways to do more with less. We need to find efficiencies and savings at every step.
Do this and be a hero while keeping your job.