Lessons the Big Data World Can Learn from NoSQL

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lessonby Angela Guess

Ron Bennaton recently wrote in InsideBigData, “This article explores some of the attributes that make NoSQL so useful and how we can incorporate some of the lessons we can learn from that world to can make Big Data analytics initiatives work better… The first lesson Big Data can learn from the NoSQL world (and from other modern software domains like mobile, social and more) is that simplicity and ease-of use are key – they are not nice-to-haves and do not take a back seat to anything else. Developers are viewed by the NoSQL world as the ‘masters’ – and the technology needs to fit the way these masters will use it. Perhaps the main reason that NoSQL has been so successful is its appeal to developers who find it easy to use and who feel they are an order of magnitude more productive than other environments. The same is true for ops. The result is something that makes everyone more productive – developers, ops people etc.”

He continues, “NoSQL systems allow the team to easily adapt to changing requirements and data models. Flexible data in NoSQL not only increase productivity and reduces costs – it is a ‘must-have’. Metlife’s usage of MongoDB is an example of how this flexibility is used. MetLife managed to integrate data from back office siloed systems in record time. Their key need was the requirement to bring in data from many different products into one place that could be accessed by both customers and representatives. This system is known as ‘The Wall’. It is similar to many ‘Customer 360’ projects that many organizations undertake – but with a NoSQL approach based upon JSON, Metlife completed the implementation in three months.”

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