Preparing for the internal uses of Big Data

In a recent Forbes piece, contributor Brendan Marr mentions several benefits of Big Data that stand to improve all businesses, regardless of industry. Speaking in a general sense, he touches on the ability of analytics to draw from important employee information to create strategies that improve performance, whether within HR or regarding other departments, such as logistics. For such initiatives to be effective, companies can prioritize application modernization methods that reduce strain during their conversion.

The HR factor alone is enough reason to consider the role smarter monitoring plays within businesses. Because employees at all levels of a business are tied to some data, including simple day-to-day functions, companies can develop applications based on these trends and anticipate important behavior for different functions.

There's another angle to big data that can affect organizations: how fast it is processed. In an interview with TechRepublic, Kevin Webber of Typesafe explores the importance of up-to-date access to information.

"Rather than acting on data at rest, modern software increasingly operates on data in near real time," he tells the source. "As our computing systems embrace data in motion, traditional batch architectures are evolving to stream-based architectures. In these systems, live data is captured, processed, and used to modify behavior with response times of seconds or less."

Adapting to the challenges of large scale systems management requires a workable approach to data and your legacy applications, especially those that are critical to business. Transitioning functions to the cloud can help reorient them in a web-based environment and prepare users for easy later access on different devices.