Is there a type of organization best suited for Big Data cloud adoption?
CC: No. Any company looking to grow with the assistance of useful internal and external data is a firm that really needs to use data in a cloud based solution. That being said, there are some industries that can really take the data and grow very fast. Retail, manufacturing, transportation and logistics are all great industries to start.
What are some advantages to a Big Data Solution in the cloud opposed to an on-premises solution?
CC: For one, speed. The second is less cost. And a third point is security. In a cloud based solution, you can begin in minutes for hardly any start up fees. But what gets me excited is most SaaS based solutions have some strong security restrictions built in that will allow users the comfort to know they will not get broken into.
Do IT organizations’ processes and procedures need to change when moving Big Data to the Cloud?
CC: Yes. There are similarities, as well as some major hurdles, you need to deal with. You need to make sure you are VERY aware of everything, such as your security roles and responsibilities first and foremost! Security should remain your number one concern in today’s age of hacking and cyber scum. Security in the cloud is very different than on-premise.
What are some of the challenges with implementing a Big Data Solution in the cloud?
CC: You need to make sure to do your research. Companies will lock you into their platform for the long term, and this is not a good scenario. Companies should also review their applications yearly, and their security solution on those applications along with it. Everyone must do their research to ensure success and security.
Are their steps to recommend for IT when moving Big Data to the Cloud?
CC: Yes, there is a pattern and steps that you should follow for success. First and foremost get a plan in place. Work with your whole team and have them sit in a room and hammer out the project plan, all roles and responsibilities and an “OMG plan”- otherwise called a disaster plan. This is now the bible to making the move. You will need to work thru specific providers, their lock in clauses, their technology, the solutions, etc. Your staff needs and roles, training and hiring plans, solution plans, and the time to get those execution plans in place for a smooth transition.
What are key drivers for moving to a Big Data Cloud Solution?
CC: Ease of use, security, cost, staff and growth opportunity in the solution as you all grow.
How is AI impacting Big Data today and how might it affect organizations in the next 5 years?
CC: AI is getting us more data in which we need to dig through faster and faster for success. As such, we need to harness SaaS based solutions to allow us to scale safely, securely and in a timely manner at a cost that allows us to be a benefit to the end users.
Any lasting advice for organizations moving Big Data to the Cloud?
CC: Just do it. This is the future, if your not doing it your not going to be here long. The opportunity to scale and move forward is one you can now take at a moments notice.