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EMC Surveys Enterprises on Big Data Plans

56% say big data has role in cyber planning

A new EMC global survey has found that majority of enterprise technology leaders see big data’s potential to boost business operations.

The sentiment is highest in India, with 92 percent of respondents there believing the technology will improve decision-making, EMC said Thursday.

Despite the positive outlook, one in three of those surveyed reported their companies do not have concrete plans of adopting big data tools.

“It was surprising… to see that one-third of businesses are not considering big data solutions,” said Helene Barnekow, senior vice president of world wide field and partner marketing at EMC.

“We expect this to change in the near term as individuals and companies hear more about the transformative benefits that are achievable with big data analytics technology,” she added.

Another 56 percent of surveyed IT decision makers agree that big data can play a role in cybersecurity planning.

The six-month poll of 10,700 leaders from 50 countries also identified improved business processes, products and customer experience as key drivers to IT systems growth.

Business and IT managers and executives further determined that having a workforce with the necessarily skills to match IT innovation is one of their biggest transition challenges, EMC said.

Eighty-two percent of respondents from Singapore think these skillsets and knowledge are in place for their business to achieve its goals, with Ireland at the other end of the spectrum at 52 percent.

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Tim was born and raised in Washington, DC and holds a bachelor’s degree in Business-Journalism from Washington and Lee University and a certificate in budgeting and finance from Georgetown University's School of Continuing Professional Education.