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Making Sense of Big Data: A Day in the Life of an Enterprise Architect
Date: 02/02/2017 Length: 6 pages Cost: $99.00

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Enterprise architects use a combination of experience, expertise, and vision to provide guidance and facilities to their organizationís technical infrastructure. Enterprise architects take into account business requirements and technical capabilities to provide the vision for an organization's future. These future strategies need to mesh with existing technical infrastructure for future development to be attainable.

The life of an enterprise architect is becoming busy and difficult. Before the era of big data, the enterprise architect "only" had to worry about the data and systems within their own data center. However, over the past decade there were revolutionary changes to the way information is used by businesses and how data management platforms support the information available from modern data sources.   

Cloud broke down the boundaries of enterprise data centers, with applications housed and data created outside the "four walls" of an organization. This introduced a host of complexities for enterprise architects focused on security, privacy, and control. Mobile influences continued to push data outside the data center. Maintaining data flows to each of those data access points, often as tablets or mobile phones, introduced additional troubles. Incoming data from mobile devices brought new data formats and a flood of information to the enterprise architect. 

These alterations in the formats and locations of systems and data created massive change for data-driven organizations who want to develop competitive advantage. That advantage may come in the form of new data sources such as device sensor logs, social media streams, and mobile device geolocation information; create new projects to take advantage of these new data sources; and establish environments with diverse data management platforms to support these efforts.

John Myers, Former EMA Analyst


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