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Re: Cost Containment and Growth Do Not Go Hand and Hand
  • 4/19/2015 3:05:51 PM
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That is exactly what I am saying. Most do not know the details of how things really work they can not spotit easily when something " looks wrong".

Re: Cost Containment and Growth Do Not Go Hand and Hand
  • 4/19/2015 2:44:43 PM
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@tomsg   Good point.   I guess I am surprised at this limitation in terms of the ability to see the "big picture" that middle management seems to lack.  

Are you saying that most middle managers cannot  see outside their scope of responsibility ?   

If that is the case, then the questions of Big Data and Data -Centric companies will never be quite understood, which also implies these areas will not be supported as an initiative by these very managers - consultant or no consultant.

 

Which makes me wonder if I am expecting too much from managers ?  I don't think so, as this in my mind is what managers are expected to do - but then again I don't work for some major bureaucratic enterprise.  

Re: Cost Containment and Growth Do Not Go Hand and Hand
  • 4/19/2015 2:36:47 PM
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Thank you, Louis. I agree, the change is not fast or cheap.

Re: Cost Containment and Growth Do Not Go Hand and Hand
  • 4/19/2015 2:29:40 PM
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What is their alternative?

 

My issue is not with obtaining a consultant to give honest guidance to this process.   That is totally reasonable because I can understand management probably views software vendors as just another license based expense that will have no end in sight.   

That rationale I completely agree with, my argument is that these companies should not expect this transformation to occur overnight or inexpensively.

Even if they use open source tools, they will still have to pay the people who understand it.  If a company is serious about becoming data-centric - then it will have to place resources behind the effort.  Otherwise it will achieve what they expected in the first place - not much.

As far as these legacy systems are concerned, these need to be upgraded anyhow, for no other reason than security, so these companies do not easily become the next Target or Sony.   

Upgrading their systems not only improves their security - it also inadvertently allows them to put in place a infrastructure to start data based projects.

Oh And I forgot to mention.....  Welcome to A2 Christian ! 

Re: Cost Containment and Growth Do Not Go Hand and Hand
  • 4/19/2015 10:08:38 AM
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I think that is a hrd conclusion for many managers to come to. They see outside consulting as a cost and they may or may not see benefits in a way that they can track. This is why these decisions normally end up with very senior management.

Re: Cost Containment and Growth Do Not Go Hand and Hand
  • 4/19/2015 9:27:16 AM
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"but integration can mean more than the addition of a technology", well said Pierre. Well done big data replaces and reimagines significant parts of a legacy infrastructure.

but integration can mean more than the addition of a technology

Re: Cost Containment and Growth Do Not Go Hand and Hand
  • 4/19/2015 9:25:21 AM
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What is their alternative? (honest question)

Serious big data initiatives are rewiring the backend enterprise infrastructure. These projects are significant in benefits and risks. External consulting does not come for free but as a cost compared to the reduced risk and waste in time and money it is a bargain. I think this is one of the best examples of when external consulting does make perfect sense. Naturally, I have to say that since I work in the industry.

Re: The Rise of Professional Services
  • 4/19/2015 9:19:31 AM
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Exactly, and there is the challenge to navigate the sea of options and fast-evolving technologies. Vendors can't help since they are biases and organisations are focused on their domain and not big data so they are helplessly behind.

Re: We have alot of Data so it must be Big ....
  • 4/19/2015 9:17:50 AM
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You don't need Hadoop to have a big data problem/solution but thought to its conclusion most strategic initiatives may find that Hadoop is an essential part. 

Hiring a Hadoop expert, as I highlighted, is not the first step. Business and technology leaders in the company have to define what big data means to them strategically and develop a vision and roadmap. Then an architecture and technology choices follow to execute the roadmap at which point a Hadoop expert may become part of the process.

The problem is that the knowledge to get to this point does not exist in most organisations and sometimes not even with big data vendors since they focus on selling support/licenses of one product.

 

The Rise of Professional Services
  • 4/19/2015 7:18:11 AM
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 I like that Christian highlights the rise and maintenance of professional services as a consequence of open source.  Open source tools are great, but their value comes from implementation.  Companies struggle with adoption - it comes with the territory to simplifiy operational complexity and increase efficiency. These services centered on technology were an inevitability, and has created new opportunities for new firms to rise.

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