Data analytics isn’t a destination. It’s a journey.
By Attila Finta
At Dell EMC, we advise our customers that data analytics isn’t a destination. It’s a journey that proceeds through a series of phases that build on each other. Or, to use another metaphor, we liken the adoption of data analytics in an enterprise to an evolutionary process, in which an organization begins with the launch of a limited environment that scales up and matures in a natural manner. Over time, what started out as a few narrowly targeted use cases gives way to the widespread use of analytics across an enterprise that grows increasingly data-driven.
That was certainly the experience that we had in the internal IT organization at the heritage Dell company, and now at Dell EMC. Early on, we put ourselves on the path to becoming a data-driven enterprise when we designed and deployed our first Apache™ Hadoop® cluster. Our first use case was basic. We eased the load on our enterprise data warehouse by archiving data to Hadoop.