What’s Big and Open and Worth $3 Trillion?

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    Is Open Data really a big deal? The answer depends on whether you think $3 trillion in business value is a big deal, because that’s the estimated value open data is expected to deliver to businesses, according to a McKinsey finding cited in a recent infographic.

    Attunity, a data management and integration company, released the infographic this week. It’s well sourced, which makes it a great resource if you’re working on a business case for Big Data, cloud or CDC (change data capture).

    (If ETL is your thing…well, there are still some stats that you might find useful, but Attunity is a CDC solution, so the graph labels ETL an “old school” data tool. I’m sure ETL vendors will have something to say about that — feel free to comment below.)

    Another eye-opening statistic included in the graph: Data-driven companies are 6 percent more profitable and 5 percent more productive than their competitors.

    One caveat: Watch the dates on the sources. Some hail from 2011, which is getting a bit long in the tooth when you’re talking about data growth and global IT spending.

    You can find links to this and other infographics about data on my Pinterest board, Data about Data.

    Infochimps Expands Its Big Data Offerings

    Infochimps revealed this week a new Big Data Platform-as-a-Service solution that will be offered with Big Data lifecycle support.

    If you’re unfamiliar with Infochimps, that may sound confusing. Infochimps began as a data marketplace, but in recent years evolved into a Big Data service company, with a cloud infrastructure company. Big Data Startups reports that it can connect to more than 15,000 datasets from 200 different vendors via APIs.

    Last year, the Texas-based company was acquired by CSC.

    The big news here seems to be that Infochimps is coupling its platform with consulting on the Big Data adoption lifecycle. The company helps you figure out where you are and where you want to be on that lifecycle, and then helps you get there.

    So, it’s not just offering you access to the hardware; the company is also planning to find the right use case, integrate that data with your existing infrastructure, and help you figure out what the heck you can do with it all.

    Infochimps is expected to reveal more at this weekend’s Strata Conference.

    SnapLogic: Moving Beyond Snap

    If you’re familiar with SnapLogic, you know that “Snap” is the term it uses for its integration connectors. Its most recent release adds support for mobile applications by allowing developers to expose integration flows, which it calls “pipelines,” then connect to back-end applications via RESTful APIs, according to Forbes.

    Actually, this release sounds like a major update to SnapLogic’s offering, so you really should check out the full article. SnapLogic’s simple HTLM interface makes it a good solution to look at if you really need business users to handle some of the light integration work for cloud and social media, the piece points out.

    SnapLogic has “enhanced functionality” for Salesforce, SQL Server, Excel, Flurry and Dynamics AX, Forbes reports.

    Loraine Lawson
    Loraine Lawson
    Loraine Lawson is a freelance writer specializing in technology and business issues, including integration, health care IT, cloud and Big Data.

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