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Q&A with Oracle’s Christopher G. Chelliah: Move to big data decision-making is inevitable

Zafar Anjum | Jan. 9, 2014
There is no doubt that the move to big data decision-making is inevitable and compelling. However, with the level of vendor-noise around big data, most companies fail in these projects with their approach, says Christopher G. Chelliah, Vice President and Chief Architect, Exadata & Strategic Solutions at Oracle Asia Pacific in this interview.

What are the major big data trends in the near future? Is the APAC region ready for them?

  • In-memory databases: We are in the "now-economy". Everything must be real-time, or very near real-time. But with exponential growth of data it has been challenging to deliver on this. There is a huge wave of potential with the lower cost footprint of in-memory technologies to combine these two phenomena to enable real-time decision-making. This will in turn boost business productivity and operational efficiency - and ultimately the bottom-line.
  • Mobile analytics: While BI has been an ongoing trend for a while, it is set to become an even critical aspect of businesses moving forward. The importance of mobile analytics, in particular, is expected to rise even further especially with the proliferation of mobile devices.
  • Automated data tiering: These content-aware systems can automatically send unstructured data and documents into appropriate tiers of storage, thereby bringing the most important data upfront and relieving businesses of the need to sift through large amounts of data.

We believe that most companies in Asia Pacific have already implemented some form of business intelligence and this is being augmented with more advanced analytics. While the rate of adoption is higher in some of the larger markets such as Australia, China and Japan, customers are increasingly exploring this in other parts of the region.






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