Dealing with unstructured data is becoming increasingly important and popular. In our interview with Dr. Rado Kotorov, Information Builders, he cited it as one of the areas for great potential within the business intelligence industry, noting how some vendors have already made the move to start dealing with it.
Kshira Saagar writes for Information Management on methods for visualizing unstructured data:
Big data is often characterized by three S’s:
- The size or quantity of the data in question (generally huge);
- The speed at which new data is gathered (typically extremely fast);
- And how the data is structured (which it often isn’t, meaning it’s completely unstructured or semi-structured data).
Big, fast unstructured data is the undeniable truth of the times, with all kinds of data captured in all walks of life including emails, texts, video surveillance cameras, phone calls, point of sale transactions, medical records or, in other words, anything and everything that captures information via various mechanisms.
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