Hanover, March 10th, 2014 - Companies face a double dilemma when it comes to Big Data, i.e. the analysis of large volumes of data: They see the business opportunities, but the ideas on how the subject can be specifically tackled are lacking. Many of the users don't even think twice about revealing their data. These are the findings of a recent analysis by EY (formerly Ernst & Young). EY is a partner of CODE_n, the innovation platform at CeBIT that offers space to start-ups with innovative business models relating to Big Data in Hall 16. The entrepreneurs' aims: To tackle the datability dilemma in a constructive way - in close collaboration with established companies.
The volume of data that was generated worldwide last year was more than four Zettabytes in size, a number with 21 zeros. Where do you begin with something that size? This is a question that more and more companies are asking themselves. According to EY, 79 percent of decision makers in European companies today believe that revenues can be increased by collecting and evaluating Big Data.
So a data repository? More of a data jigsaw: "The companies face very practical implementation problems," says Drazen Nikolic, Partner at EY Advisory and Head of the Enterprise Intelligence Division. "They need employees with technical and analytical skills, but also an in-depth understanding of the company's business so that they can bring together existing data and prepare it in a way that makes it useful. These employees are a rare breed. The often very heterogeneous IT landscape in companies also complicates matters." Legal and regulatory issues relating to data protection also make Big Data a challenge. And then there are the customers themselves: According to EY, 70 percent are unhappy about the fact that companies are already able to utilize their data. Just under half are completely unwilling to share personal data with companies. "So without a strategic plan on how Big Data can be used practically and with convincing and tangible benefits for customers, it won't work. Generally speaking, help and ideas from outside really make sense," says Nikolic.
CeBIT as a reality check for young innovators
CODE_n will be showcasing 50 of the most innovative ideas relating to Big Data. The young companies from 17 countries have fought off competition with their business models from 450 rivals for the CODE_n Award, inspired this year by the motto: "Driving the Data Revolution". At CeBIT, they will have the opportunity to present themselves to decision makers and investors from all over the world.
"For most of them this is the first truly tough reality check," says Ulrich Dietz, CEO of the GFT Group and initiator of CODE_n. "The questions they need to ask themselves are obvious: How innovative is my business concept, really? Can it stand up to data protection requirements? And can I ultimately convince the trade visitors of the relevance of my idea to the real world? Participating in CODE_n is therefore a true baptism of fire."
CODE_n acts as a platform for dialog relating to future topics, stepping up the unconventional exchange between "David" and "Goliath". "In this sense, CODE_n works like an innovations accelerator in the rapidly changing digital economy," says Dietz.
Oliver Frese, Head of CeBIT at Deutsche Messe, is also looking forward to the program in Hall 16: "CODE_n turns the spotlight on discussions relating to our number one topic, Datability, from a very different angle. Experiencing live how the 50 finalists will be bringing fresh impetus to the subject of Big Data with their ideas is an absolute must for every trade fair visitor - and all in front of a very impressive backdrop designed by Reed Kram and Clemens Weisshaar." The pair have developed an imposing trade fair design that reflects the concept of Big Data brilliantly - using gigantic, twelve-meter-tall graphics that completely surround the 5,000-square-meter hall.
The most important information about CODE_n at CeBIT 2014
// The 50 finalists of the CODE_n competition at a glance
// CODE_n conference program in Hall 16
// Hall map with all exhibitors
// CODE_n Award Show: Wednesday, March 12th from 6 p.m., admission free