Companies are beginning to take advantage of the opportunities offered by the myriad forms of data emerging from technologies like sensor networks, web logs, internet search indexing and many others.
But this data is often unstructured, demanding different tools and skills from those associated with traditional relational systems. So what are the opportunities on offer, how can firms exploit them, and is it fundamentally worth it?
This is the latest episode in Computing's 'Influence' series of documentaries, examining the hottest trends and topics in IT.
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