A Data-Driven World
Never in the history of our world, has the ability to discover, extract, interpret and intelligently act on data been so important. And never before has the amount of data been more overwhelming. According to Eric Schmidt, Google’s Chief Executive Officer, the world creates 5 exabytes of data every two days. That is roughly the same amount created between the start of civilization and 2003 . To be fair, we are talking about digital data only. Data has been generated for as long as people have been around to create it. Until relatively recently, however, (i.e. the last 50 years) it has been siloed in minds, file folders, file cabinets and ledgers, where by comparison, it has also been relatively inaccessible from a discovery and analysis perspective.