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The growth in data volumes

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Success with bringing fact-based decision-making to the masses depends
on many factors, including access to, potentially, all the data in
the organisation in near-real-time and the amount of data in commercial
organisations (as well as in government departments) is increasing
rapidly. John Bernard, Product Line Manager for DataRush, has likened
data collection to a tsunami: “it’s happening so fast that both public
and private sector organisations simply aren’t prepared to deal with
the wave”.

In practice, of course, most organisations will only use a fraction of this
potential data resource, at least for now; and near enough real time
may involve latencies of minutes or even hours or days. Nevertheless,
it is important that these compromises are driven by business requirements,
not the limitations of technology.

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