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Big Data Success: 10 Tips for SMEs

You don’t have to be a big company to get benefits from Big Data. The last couple of years have seen Big Data filter down from the enterprise into the land of small and mid-sized enterprises (SMEs).

In fact, recent research from Quinstreet Enterprise shows that midsize companies currently have more Big Data deployments than their larger competitors. Similarly, research from Dell found that smaller companies are actively involved in Big Data projects.

“Big Data is a hot phrase these days, but the key for SMEs is that they should be using data in new ways that are appropriate for their business, whether it’s ‘big’ or not,” said Chad Carson, former Microsoft and Yahoo executive and now the cofounder and vice president, Product, at Pepperdata, a company whose software optimizes the software framework Hadoop.

Like everything else, there is a right and wrong way to go about it. Here are 10 pointers for SMEs to bear in mind when considering or implementing Big Data.

Read more: Enterprise Apps Today

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