1/11/2013

Big Data / Data Scientist Opinions

So what's going on right now?

Well for one thing, the Twitter posts appear to have less Big Data hashtags lately.

And less Data Scientist tags as well.

Perhaps the hype as peaked.

Granted they are both good topics.

Although for many orgs, getting involved in Big Data can cost a lot of money, perhaps $200,000 to implement a project.  So if you don't know what you're doing, or you do it wrong, or you don't have the talent or budget you could be digging a giant hole of a money pit.

And the ecosystem is changing so fast, if you start a project today, there may be huge changes tomorrow, with your project half baked.

But if you do it right, you could find huge insights and change your business model around data decisions and pass your competition.

I think a data scientist is just a data analyst with new languages and new data sources.  I still don't know enough about it.  I do know that dealing with large data sets, using models to predict future behavior is not new.  The biggest change is its popularity and availability to the mainstream.

Has either one changed my life in any meaningful way.  It hasn't affected me yet.  But it could.  As they may have Big Data Hadoop Cloud project in the future.

So I'm not criticizing it, just waiting for my time in the sun.

And so it goes!

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