Big data holds key to success: HDS
Hitachi Data Systems outlines big data adoption as indicator of market leadership
The adoption of big data technologies is seen as an indicator of market leadership as the Middle East moves to a data-driven economy, according to Hitachi Data Systems (HDS).
Executives from the vendor spoke this morning at the 2014 Dubai Information Forum, and provided examples from a variety of industries on how the Middle East is continuing to adopt data-driven innovation. HDS executives said that verticals from healthcare and aviation to oil & gas and government were all benefitting from big data.
Specifically, they said that the ability to act in real-time on vast amounts of data was providing real business benefit.
"Modern, connected business and infrastructure projects in the Middle East - like the UAE's ongoing vision for smart government, advanced offshore energy operations, and connected transportation projects like Dubai World Central and Etihad Rail - require IT that functions as a strategic partner, capitalising in real time on the vast amount of data being created," said Aaron White, HDS's general manager for the Middle East and Pakistan.
However, according to HDS, the ability to respond in real time to changing market conditions presents a substantial challenge, as business data collection and analysis remains siloed within the organisation, and legacy infrastructure defines the capability of the organisation.
The vendor said that modern deployments could address this challenge, providing organisations with the ability to analyse and adapt operational data as it enters the infrastructure. Mastery of this capability would be the biggest indicator of success of local companies, HDS said.
"As the Middle East continues to grow its expertise in the deployment of the private cloud, the treatment and analysis of diverse, unstructured data, and the prioritisation of adaptable infrastructure that is always available, always automated, and always agile in the service of business-defined IT, our leadership in global enterprise will become more and more secure," said White.