April 1, 2015

Building an IT Foundation for Big Data Success

Alex Woodie

We are in the midst of a major transformation in the business landscape, one that’s being driven by disruptive technologies such as cloud and mobile computing, social media, and big data analytics, says Jacqueline Woods, global vice president for Growth Solutions.

There are tremendous opportunities to grow, but also increasing pressures to compete. Most companies are not prepared to face the challenges and meet today’s opportunities, Woods said during a keynote at Datanami‘s recent Leverage Big Data event.

“If you think about what’s going on in the digital marketplace, there are new economies that are emerging, sharing economies like Airbnb and Lyft and new forms of banking like Apple Pay,” Woods said during her presentation.

“These new business are forcing traditional firms to rethink how they compete. So how has competition changed? And how will companies need to optimize their IT infrastructure capabilities in order to be competitive? We think that it’s going to play a pivotal role in your posture as firm in order to be more competitive.”

The companies that are best situated to compete in the emerging data-driven economy are those that are “strategic IT connectors,” Woods says. To find out if you work at a strategic IT connector, check out a video of Woods’ keynote below.

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