Data Shape Matters, Not Just Size

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Spotsby Angela Guess

Amir Halfon of Finextra recently wrote, “Data is at the center of most challenges facing our industry today, with business drivers such as new regulations, aggregated risk management, and deep customer insight all having critical data management implications. The term Big Data has become a common way to describe this, and while some of these challenges are associated with large volumes, it isn’t really the size of the data that’s at issue. I’d argue that at this point we know how to handle large volumes: use shared-nothing architectures that scale horizontally on commodity hardware.  The trickier problem has to do with a different “V” of Big Data – variety – and it is that aspect that I’d like to focus on.”

He continues, “There are countless examples of business value locked up in data that does not fit neatly into rows and columns. The most frequently cited is Social Media, with its ability to offer deep customer insight and sentiment analysis. And there are many others within the company’s firewall as well: Gleaning information from on-boarding documents for FATCA and AML compliance, getting a better handle on credit risk by analyzing ISDA agreements, lowering cost per trade by consolidating the processing of diverse asset classes with varied and complex structures, etc.”

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