“Big Data” and “Next-Generation Analytics” on Gartner’s Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2012 List

On Monday at the Gartner Symposium, David Cearley presented Gartner’s annual list of the Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2012. Among those that made the list are big data and next-generation analytics. Although the two items are listed separately, the two technologies go hand-in-hand and can provide the most compelling and effective experience for exploring and navigating through complex data.

Gartner's Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends in 2012[Source: PC Magazine]

It comes as no surprise that the two items were listed, as organizations are besieged by an explosive growth of information coming from disparate data sources every day. This data can be structured, semi-structured, and unstructured. With the annual growth rate well over 100%, analyzing and understanding big data has become a top priority.

For far too long, organizations have spent too much money and resources on collecting data, scrambling around to ensure data integrity, and finally, wondering how to make use of this data. More and more, organizations are starting to realize the need for technologies that can help them maximize the value of their data assets.

Traditional analytics that have relied on computers and algorithms to do the work for them are starting to be deemed limiting, especially with the growth of unstructured data. As Gartner continues to push big data and next-generation analytics, organizations need to adopt technologies that can drive business decision-making in ways not possible before. This new wave of analytic techniques, or advanced visual analysis, harnesses the most powerful pattern recognition system available — the human brain. Advanced visual analysis will help organizations discover key insights that were hidden in the past and turn the challenges of big data into opportunities.