This is the Big Data era: huge volumes of data careening through networks, slamming into massive storage arrays and being scrutinized with new and improved analytical software running on special-purpose hardware.

With all the celebration about new capabilities for analytics and greatly increased query performance, we forgot a few things: standards, best practices and quality processes that drive our company and support our mission-critical IT systems. We forgot about the little data.

Big Data Paradigm Shift

For the last few centuries, mankind’s view of data has been that it’s:

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