Big data: quick tips for success in 2014

The one thing we know about data in 2014 is that it will continue to grow. Terabytes are old news; now we’re hearing about petabytes, zettabytes and beyond.

So how can you mine maximum value from your rapidly expanding data?

• Play to your natural strengths. The human eye’s ability to quickly detect and understand patterns and anomalies is unsurpassed by technology. Combine that power with flexible, drill-down capabilities and drag-and-drop data interactions that tap into our natural, iteratively explorative thought processes.

• Free your data. Allow business users to answer questions on the fly while protecting the underlying data. Eliminate the queue for reporting with easy, intuitive, self-service BI.

• Cross the streams. Your data may be stored separately, but often you need to see the big picture. Make sure your BI tool can blend data across multiple data sources to broaden your data view for richer insights.

• Remember: with great power comes great responsibility. Striking the right balance between control and experimentation is crucial. Allow IT to manage data architecture, security and access controls while still providing business users with the insight they need to answer their own questions.

• Analyze all your data in one place. Tools, platforms and methodologies for handling big data keep improving. Select a flexible business intelligence (BI) solution like Tableau Software, which can connect to multiple databases and file formats, and you’ll be ready to take advantage of these improvements.

Learn more about making the most of big data in 2014 in this guide.