A few years ago, venture capitalist Marc Andreesen accurately predicted that “software is eating the world.” An update to that declaration today could very well be that data is eating the world.According to IDC, by 2025, the world will create 180 zettabytes of data per year (up from 4.4 zettabytes in 2013). And until recently, that data was structured, which means it is presented in rows and columns and easily entered, stored, and sorted. Today, much of the data is unstructured, coming from different websites, devices, and databases, and presented as video, images, graphics, etc.All these reams of structured and unstructured data hold the key to helping organizations better understand their customers, follow patterns of behavior to predict future actions, uncover breakthroughs to cure diseases, and make communities safer, among a myriad of other things.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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