2015: Big questions first


1 January 2015
Big data

Big questions first, big data second

Every app now needs to be an analytic app. Analytics will become deeply but invisibly embedded everywhere. Big data remains an important enabler for this trend but the focus needs to shift to thinking about big questions and big answers first, and big data second. The value is in the answers, not the data. - David Cearley, vice president Gartner and Gartner Fellow 

“Analytics with purpose” will be a guiding principle for organisations in 2015. - Mark Bentkower, director of enterprise solutions, Asia Pacific, CommVault Systems 

The predictive context industry will become a major application category in the next four years. User-activity recognition and location awareness will drive the evolution of predictive context, with innovation focusing mainly on transportation and retail. - Padmasree Warrior, chief technology and strategy officer, Cisco 

Dealing with the data

Having a strategy for data classification will be vital over the next 12 to 24 months. It will be up to business leaders to determine what data to keep and what to discard; what data is appropriate for cloud storage and what to keep on-premises. As data grows exponentially, keeping absolutely everything will present a real and impossible challenge. - Don Williams, vice president, Asia Pacific, Veeam Software  

The era of smart machines

Deep analytics applied to an understanding of context provide the preconditions for a world of smart machines. This foundation combines with advanced algorithms that allow systems to understand their environment, learn for themselves, and act autonomously. Prototype autonomous vehicles, advanced robots, virtual personal assistants and smart advisors already exist and will evolve rapidly, ushering in a new age of machine helpers. The smart machine era will be the most disruptive in the history of IT. - David Cearley, vice president, Gartner and Gartner Fellow 

We cannot quite know what will happen if a machine exceeds our own intelligence, so we can't know if we'll be infinitely helped by it, or ignored by it and sidelined, or conceivably destroyed by it. - Rollo Carpenter, creator of Cleverbot