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Easy-to-Use Big Data Tools Drive Better Business Processes in 2014

The use of predictive analytics and sophisticated business intelligence solutions is growing among companies that are looking to make the most of Big Data initiatives in 2014. Although Big Data has been on the corporate agenda for some time, many firms have struggled to take full advantage of the phenomenon, largely because the technologies associated with the information movement were complex and difficult to use.

In the coming years, this challenge will diminish as the demand to embrace Big Data increases. A Business 2 Community report highlighted how many tools meant to support Big Data projects will become easier to use for employees across the enterprise, including individuals who work outside the IT department. These ease-of-use characteristics have become more important during the past several years as the need to analyze and use information spread beyond the IT team and throughout the company.

Rather than gathering massive volumes of data, analyzing those resources, putting the findings into a complex report, and having to dumb down those details, analysts want to use solutions that automatically convert complicated discoveries into layman's terms. This streamlined process will improve efficiency and reduce the challenges caused by poor collaboration practices.

Better tools translate to better engagements
As easy-to-use Big Data tools emerge in 2014, C-level executives, board members, and other individuals who haven't traditionally been part of Big Data projects will acquire greater visibility into what employees are doing and how the results are faring. Business 2 Community noted that this insight will likely result in more input coming from higher ups, which may create more work for data scientists but will ultimately drive better results. This outcome will largely result from Big Data having created new disconnects in the workplace that can be resolved through the use of simple, collaborative solutions.

A separate CompTIA report stated that businesses are looking to close any chasms that have emerged because of Big Data, which may have been created due to insight, understanding, and skills gaps. Many of these issues will be resolved when easy-to-use Big Data software emerges for both on-site and cloud computing architectures, allowing companies of all sizes and types to embrace the information movement.

There is no doubt that Big Data is now on the corporate radar. If executives are presented with easy-to-use and highly collaborative management and analytic solutions in 2014, organizations around the world will likely find it easier to take part in the phenomenon.

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