Data Analytics in 2016: Steady Acceptance and Widening Horizons

Dr. Rod Fontecilla, Vice President of Application Services, Unisys Federal Systems Over the past year, I’ve noticed that more and more business people are using the term “data analytics” rather than the more dramatic (and reductive) “big data” to refer to the collection and correlation of vast amounts of information for business. I am certain that the adoption of the more ornate but accurate term indicates a general shift in focus from the notion of a mound of potentially untamable data to a more sophisticated appreciation of the value that rational, stepwise analysis can unlock from the information. A recent Unisys poll of more than 100 IT professionals certainly reinforces the mainstreaming of data analytics as an essential tool for business advantage. We asked respondents about their organizations’ plans to…


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