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Cloud, Big Data Relationship to Blossom in 2014

Two technologies have generally disrupted headlines for the past several years: the cloud and Big Data solutions. Throughout 2014, experts believe this trend will continue, especially as business leaders become more accustomed to using sophisticated applications and information resources, which introduce new opportunities for growth and optimization.

Although it has long been suggested that Big Data and cloud computing will develop an interconnected relationship, a recent Talend report of 2014 predictions highlighted how this bond will become more intimate in the coming year. There are several reasons for this newfound codependence, though it is largely due to the fact that organizations are using the cloud more commonly today and have generally accepted the idea that hosted services will become incorporated with most technologies in the future.

Data integration experts at Talend also revealed that cloud computing will be a major contributor to the information expansion during the next several years. Consumers and business users alike are using more corporate and personal clouds at every turn, allowing companies to acquire new sources of data -- both structured and unstructured -- that will allow firms to establish a stronger understanding of their surroundings and options for improvement.

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Whether organizations opt to use an on-premise or cloud infrastructure, Talend noted that it will be important that IT architectures have the ability to capture relevant data from all sources, including structured assets like databases as well as unstructured social resources.

"Everyone speaks about the value of Big Data, but data-driven organizations have got so much more potential to uncover,"  said Mike Tuchen, CEO of Talend. "To succeed in 2014, these organizations will need to leverage Big Data and the cloud to derive insights that enable them to optimize their processes, take advantage of emerging opportunities, and deliver better business outcomes."

Forward-thinking executives need to take a look at their existing infrastructure and realize if the environment is capable of handling the fluctuating volumes and increasing complexity associated with Big Data. Cloud computing technologies can be highly advantageous for companies that want to leverage a scalable and cost-effective IT architecture that can be accessed anywhere and connect to various unstructured and structured data sources.

In 2014, progressive enterprises that make their Big Data-cloud relationship stronger will find it easier to evolve and adapt to the ongoing transformations that are bound to impact the business world in the future.

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