Big-Data Overload... Relax, It's Only a Game


If you're looking to relax for a bit with an online game, with what sort of character do you best identify with -- an angry bird or a business decision maker?

I hope your answer is the latter. In fact, I'm assuming it is, so I'm sharing a great little app you might have fun with during your down time.

The game, developed by SAS (this site's sponsor), is Big Data Overload. You can play on your iPad, iPhone, or in Google Play on Android devices.

Here's the setup:

You're a business decision maker working in a high-paced environment where exploiting data is critical to the survival of your business. Unfortunately things are starting to get difficult. Up until now you have coped, but for how much longer? Challenged by issues such as Velocity, Volume, Variety, Visibility and Validity, you are finding it increasingly difficult to extract Value from big data.

In this game you will take on the 5 V's of big data and see how much Value you can derive from it. How long can you survive with manual processes? Can you exploit all of the data before it hits the Decision Horizon and its value is lost forever?

At some point you will reach Big Data Overload.

Oh yes, as I quickly found out, you will indeed. To play, you've got to match up colored balls before they cross a decision-making threshold. Depending on the level, the balls come at you at varying speeds, in heavier and heavier volumes, and in different formations and orientations.

All the while, you must avoid accidentally hitting any black balls, aiming instead for silver ones, which lend you some luck. When things get too harried, you can power up with a special V-Can for some supercharged, high-performance analytics oomph.

Sound intense? It is -- but fun, too (and a great test of your hand-eye coordination). Click on the image of the V-Cans below to start a short slideshow of what you can expect to see in the game. Of course, as any good analytics professional is wont to do, you also get to see a recap of your performance, data visualization included.

Click on the image above to take a look inside SAS's new Big Data Overload game for iPads, iPhones, and Google Play on Android devices.

Click on the image above to take a look inside SAS's new Big Data Overload game for iPads, iPhones, and Google Play on Android devices.

So flex those fingers and get ready to take on this big-data challenge. Share your impression of the game and your score below -- and next time your friends, family, or colleagues ask what it is that you do all day, load it up and give 'em a go.

Beth Schultz, Editor in Chief

Beth Schultz has more than two decades of experience as an IT writer and editor.  Most recently, she brought her expertise to bear writing thought-provoking editorial and marketing materials on a variety of technology topics for leading IT publications and industry players.  Previously, she oversaw multimedia content development, writing and editing for special feature packages at Network World. In particular, she focused on advanced IT technology and its impact on business users and in so doing became a thought leader on the revolutionary changes remaking the corporate datacenter and enterprise IT architecture. Beth has a keen ability to identify business and technology trends, developing expertise through in-depth analysis and early adopter case studies. Over the years, she has earned more than a dozen national and regional editorial excellence awards for special issues from American Business Media, American Society of Business Press Editors, Folio.net, and others.

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Re: Anybody up for a match?
  • 1/24/2013 4:48:27 PM
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I haven't given it a whirl for a while. I'll have to try again soon!

Re: Anybody up for a match?
  • 1/23/2013 9:49:00 PM
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@Beth I finally tried the game. I didn't do well. It was tough for me to play left-handed.

Re: Anybody up for a match?
  • 1/16/2013 11:04:54 PM
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@andrew I have full control of the iPad here and still haven't had a chance to play the game!

With regard to the current holder of the family iPad - Perhaps you need to get a new Kindle Fire for your daughter (or one for the family she gets to use often). The new Fires have improved parental controls and a new kids only content subscription.

Re: Anybody up for a match?
  • 1/11/2013 5:48:26 AM
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To be quite honest, I'm quite the "angry bird" in lieu of the "decision maker" when it comes to the family iPad seeing as my daughter has apparently taken ownership of it ... though since we are the consummate SAS-sy family, literally, I'm gonna download it just so that she can critique it for me. (Start 'em young is what I say.-)

Re: Anybody up for a match?
  • 1/10/2013 10:45:49 PM
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Sounds great! I downloaded the app (on my iPad). I'll be trying it soon but not tonight.

Turn down the velocity.
  • 1/10/2013 2:36:45 PM
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Tried the first V for Velocity. Result? I felt like I was working alongside Lucy and Ethel on the chocolate factory line.

Re: Anybody up for a match?
  • 1/10/2013 1:15:21 PM
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Truthfully, I had to borrow my husband's iPad...

Re: Anybody up for a match?
  • 1/10/2013 1:14:45 PM
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You're on Michelle -- but have to wait till my husband gets home with his iPad!

Re: Anybody up for a match?
  • 1/10/2013 9:01:34 AM
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@Seth I also don't have those devices and agree it should be made playable on a PC.

Re: Anybody up for a match?
  • 1/9/2013 11:56:41 PM
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@Beth Challenge accepted! I'm sure you'll beat me.

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