For many enterprises, Big Data remains a nebulous goal, rather than a current reality. Yet it’s a goal that more and more enterprises are pushing to the top of their priority list. As Gartner surveys have shown, everyone is keen to board the Big Data bandwagon, yet a comparative few really understand why. And as Gartner analyst Svetlana Sicular points out, the myths that hold back Big Data adoption vary depending on where along the adoption curve an enterprise happens to be. In 2014, many of the sillier Big Data myths will crumble to be replaced by increased experience with data-driven applications.
No one goes from Big Data newbie to sophisticate in one go. This is why an agile approach to Big Data projects is so critical, as I’ve written here and earlier presented at Strata Conference. Failure is a given. The key is to minimize the cost of failure, which is why open-source technologies like Hadoop are so critical to Big Data success.