It’s Time for a New Definition of Big Data

March 19, 2012

Two words seemingly on every technologist’s lips are “big data”.  The Wikipedia definition for big data is: “In information technology, big data consists of datasets that grow so large that they become awkward to work with using on-hand database management tools”.  This approach to describing the term constrains the discussion of big data to scale and fails to realise the key difference between regular data and big data.  The blog posts and books which cover the topic seem to conver