Why is the distance from data to discovery so long?
Show me someone who works with big data, and I’ll show you someone who has asked the question.
And while most data scientists, analytics professionals and business analysts can give you a list of steps they have to take before they can even begin to extract insights from information, some will fess up to something else too — it may not be a completely virgin path they’re traveling to get answers. Someone may have been here before.
If that's the case, then being able to follow his footprints and learn from his experience would sure come in handy. CliffsNotes and SparkNotes would be of help, too.
But there’s no easy way to find out who that person was, even if he works at your company, and to know what he was looking for. It’s a large enterprise that’s inhospitable to bread crumbs.
It doesn’t have to be this way, according to Satyen Sangani. He’s the CEO and co-founder of Alation, the data accessibility company that emerges from stealth today.