Helping Small Businesses Handle Big Data

by Angela Guess

Edward Walsh of the IBM Smarter Planet blog recently wrote, “When people speak of Big Data the natural reflex is to envision a big company or government struggling to deal with massive amounts of digital information. It stands to reason that the bigger the organization, the greater the data challenges. After all, large enterprises serve more customers, manage more employees, maintain more partnerships, and coordinate with more suppliers than small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs). All of those people are collecting, creating, sharing and replicating vast amounts of information – data – at increasing rates.”

He goes on, “However, the number of large organizations in the U.S. is dwarfed by the millions of SMBs – the true drivers of the economy. According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2010 Statistics of U.S. Businesses, 17,236 firms in the country have more than 500 employees, while 5.7 million firms have less than 500. The challenges this silent majority face managing the data deluge can be far more acute than those of larger, well-resourced enterprises. Consider Key Info, a technology service provider with offices throughout California and Arizona. ‘We have 60 employees and 20TB of data,’ said Lief Morin, president of Key Info, an IBM Business Partner and customer. ‘That’s a third of a terabyte per person. And we’re not alone. This is a very common state of affairs’.”

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