Big data to bring "major shift" in role of IT in enterprises
With the new year well underway, many Australian businesses will be continuing the search for ways to capitalise on their resources.
What part IT can play in this process is open to wide interpretation. Are those in IT there simply to look after equipment, or might they be able to play a greater role in enabling management to make better use of current data flows?
The latter is the viewpoint of one industry expert, who recently shed light on what he saw as an emerging growth point in the enterprise IT world.
David Merrill, chief economist at Hitachi Data Systems, believes that big data analysis will bring about "a major shift" for the role IT plays in enterprises.
In an interview with CIO Australia published on March 8, Mr Merrill talked about the valuable information lying dormant in many businesses.
"Everybody is keeping data for legal reasons [or] for compliance reasons, and now they're starting to see the harvest value of going back to that data and extracting meaningful business analytics out of it," he said.
While many companies may be wondering if there is a return to be gained from investing in such analysis, Mr Merrill says that now is the time for a change in attitude.
"This is where IT people have got to turn from being reactionary to where you've got to have CIOs and CTOs who are really agents for change and saying, 'We will make IT drive value and drive revenue and drive new business opportunities.'"
If companies indeed start to embrace data analysis more, we are likely to see growth in the opportunities for those working in the IT industry, in particular people working in IT project management jobs in this area and in related fields.
While there are many great software solutions which can help facilitate the funnelling of raw data into actionable intelligence, having the right talent on hand to manage this process will be critical.