Success with bringing fact-based decision-making to the masses depends on many factors, including access to, potentially, all the data in the organisation in near-real-time and the amount of data in commercial organisations (as well as in government departments) is increasing rapidly. John Bernard, Product Line Manager for DataRush, has likened data collection to a tsunami: "it's happening so fast that both public and private sector organisations simply aren't prepared to deal with the wave".
In practice, of course, most organisations will only use a fraction of this potential data resource, at least for now; and near enough real time may involve latencies of minutes or even hours or days. Nevertheless, it is important that these compromises are driven by business requirements, not the limitations of technology.
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