Burgeoning data volumes are transforming companies’ IT systems
New technologies and innovative methods arising in fields such as the Internet of Things, like widespread use of sensors and actuators, are providing ever greater opportunities to create and collect data. This development has received a great deal of attention in the current debate on the issue of big data.
This new profusion of data has huge implications for the IT systems and server architectures in and between companies and related actors – it is driving a trend that industry and politics have no choice but to engage with if they wish to remain able to make timely and correct decisions based on truly relevant data in the future: Big data shifts the importance of individual, generally self-contained administration or transmission systems such as enterprise resource planning (ERP) platforms, or traditional relational databases, to the data themselves. The success of a company no longer depends on functioning individual systems, but rather on data and their interpreted use in the complete networked system.