Big Data and IoT are buzz words that are seemingly being thrown around by anyone who wants to jump on the bandwagon. This is one of the problems for organisations that genuinely want to derive insight from these new technologies.
For many companies the journey to gaining insight from data and capturing data from connected devices is not straight forward. In our experience it starts outside of IT and has to be business driven; IT becomes the critical success factor in delivering the technical foundation to make this transition.
Companies need to be able to make decisions at “the speed of data” – if they don’t they risk being left behind in a world that has become data driven. However, the challenge of bringing business and IT together, reinventing process and building a new IT infrastructure that capitalises on a world of connectivity is challenging to say the least.
Very few organisations can bring together the entire range of skills and experience to do this. We at DSA believe that Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) is one such company. Years of experience building vertical applications and solutions has built a company that has deep reach into the wider IoT ecosystem and its partners, and has an in depth business understanding and can apply this to the technology that is needed to underpin the rapidly changing business demands.
Within the industry, HPE is one of leaders with the people and methodologies to assist executives in understanding how and why IoT and Big Data Analytics are top business imperatives. Many consultancies can do this, but HPE sets itself apart with its ability to map the business case to the supporting IT. This is made all the more challenging due to rapid changes in the fundamental building blocks of IT and the data centre as we know it.
In particular, IoT and Big Data are two disciplines that require a steep learning curve in new technologies that IT personnel and the wider business may have little or no experience in.
IoT and Big data bring together a unique set of challenges, and HPE breaks that down into manageable groups that both the business and IT can understand. Specifically as follows:
· Delivering business value when it’s needed
· Delivering business value where it’s needed
· Securing and governing the data apps and users end to end
· Storing and analysing massive data at scale
· Breaking down the data silos
Each one of these groups requires understanding and implementation of new transformative technology. Sometimes this needs to be merged into existing technical infrastructure.
These transformative technologies cover areas such as IoT connectors across large ecosystems to multiple data types, data lakes across different clouds, the ability to combine structured and unstructured data, and storage and high performance computing that can scale out on demand and support high velocity data.
HPE has been pioneering for years, bringing with them a legacy of experience. A company that has the expertise to understand, transform and build platforms that enable business to derive insight from the data in all of its new forms; we think it’s not leaving the leader board just yet.