A report came out from The McKinsey Global Institute on the topic of “Big Data”. In their report they state “The amount of data in our world has been exploding. Companies capture trillions of bytes of information about their customers, suppliers, and operations, and millions of networked sensors are being embedded in the physical world in devices such as mobile phones and automobiles, sensing, creating, and communicating data. Multimedia and individuals with smartphones and on social network sites will continue to fuel exponential growth. Big data—large pools of data that can be captured, communicated, aggregated, stored, and analyzed—is now part of every sector and function of the global economy. Like other essential factors of production such as hard assets and human capital, it is increasingly the case that much of modern economic activity, innovation, and growth simply couldn’t take place without data.
The question is what this phenomenon means. Is the proliferation of data simply evidence of an increasingly intrusive world? Or can big data play a useful economic role? While most research into big data thus far has focused on the question of its volume, our study makes the case that the business and economic possibilities of big data and its wider implications are important issues that business leaders and policy makers must tackle. To inform the debate, this study examines the potential value that big data can create for organizations and sectors of the economy and seeks to illustrate and quantify that value. We also explore what leaders of organizations and policy makers need to do to capture it.
The effective use of big data has the potential to transform economies, delivering a new wave of productivity growth and consumer surplus. Using big data will become a key basis of competition for existing companies, and will create new competitors who are able to attract employees that have the critical skills for a big data world. Leaders of organizations need to recognize the potential opportunity as well as the strategic threats that big data represent and should assess and then close any gap between their current IT capabilities and their data strategy and what is necessary to capture big data opportunities relevant to their enterprise. They will need to be creative and proactive in determining which pools of data they can combine to create value and how to gain access to those pools, as well as addressing security and privacy issues. On the topic of privacy and security, part of the task could include helping consumers to understand what benefits the use of big data offers, along with the risks. In parallel, companies need to recruit and retain deep analytical talent and retrain their analyst and management ranks to become more data savvy, establishing a culture that values and rewards the use of big data in decision making.”
You can get the 156 page report by PDF here
About The McKinsey Global Institute
The McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), established in 1990, is McKinsey &
Company’s business and economics research arm.
MGI’s mission is to help leaders in the commercial, public, and social sectors
develop a deeper understanding of the evolution of the global economy and to
provide a fact base that contributes to decision making on critical management
and policy issues.
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Joshua is working to become a Data Scientist with focus on Analytics, Big Data, Machine Learning, and Statistics. His passion for Data and Information are second to none. He is a certified IBM Cognos Expert with more than 10 years experience in Business Intelligence & Data Warehousing, Analtyics, IT Management, Software Engineering and Supply Chain Performance Management with Fortune 500 companies. He has specializations in Analytics, Mobile Reporting, Performance Management, and Business Analysis.
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