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The Morning Briefing: Big Data

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"The Morning Briefing" is SmartPlanet's daily roundup of must-reads from the web. This morning we're reading about Big Data.

"The Morning Briefing" is SmartPlanet's daily roundup of must-reads from the web. This morning we're reading about Big Data.

1.) Big data drives Western European utilities' cloud adoption. IDC's latest survey suggests that private or hybrid cloud deployment options are preferred by Western European utilities -- who further believe that public cloud computing encourages more standards and quicker implementation. 46.2 percent of utilities believe positive that cloud would be able to solve big data issues.

2.) Improving decision making in the world of Big Data. 'Big Data' is the term referring to the information being amassed as a result of our social, mobile, and digital world. In the past 12 months, the use of the term in the U.S. has increased 1,211 percent on the Internet. Lack of data is not the issue -- lack of strategy is.

3.) The biggest obstacle to embracing big data? You. McKinsey & Co. predicted a shortage of nearly 200,000 skilled data analysts by 2018 -- but an even bigger obstacle to achieving analytics nirvana might be overcoming a strong anti-data corporate culture. The changes required to analyze data and possibly alter a company's business model in response is not an easy road.

4.) DataDirect networks targets Big Data with new appliances. Data storage specialist DataDirect Networks has become the latest vendor to cater for 'big data' after it released the DDN SFA10K-M and SFA10K-ME big data appliances.

5.) Big Data to grow 500 percent by 2015 and 2 companies are uniquely positioned to benefit. An examination of the rapidly growing sub-industry of Big Data and how long-term investors may position themselves to benefit. In doing so, two companies are highlighted that may be poised to significantly benefit from this explosive growth.

Bonus: Big Data Hype is an opportunity for data management pros.

Image credit: Guerrilla Futures | Jason Tester

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Charlie Osborne

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Charlie Osborne is a freelance journalist and photographer based in London. In addition to SmartPlanet, she also writes for business technology website ZDNet and consumer technology site CNET. She holds a degree in medical anthropology from the University of Kent. Follow her on Twitter. Disclosure