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As part of our ‘big data’ month,  Dr Mark Kennedy, Director of the new  KPMG Centre for Advanced Business Analytics will head to Hong Kong, as part of our Global Business Vision series, to discuss data and its application to HR and financial institutions. But as the amount of data available continues to grow exponentially what can we do to ensure big data translates to workable insights?

Not so long ago, the big tech story was how the Internet would change everything: how we communicate, learn, shop, find a date—you name it!

Now that this is old hat, however, we are starting to realise the real revolution is in the rich data trails of our digital lives.

Now that the Internet has gone mobile, avalanches of data are created and stored every time we simply go somewhere, visit a website, or buy something. And to make the data pile-up bigger, device-to-device communications add electronic chatter to the mix as our phones talk to thermostats, watches, computers, building security systems, pay points, and the like. 

So what makes big data big is this: thanks to these technological evolutions of the Internet and mobile infrastructure, we can now see how economy and society really work in a way never before imagined. Our digital footprints and device trails provide a super-HD view of patterned human interaction, and it all adds up to revolutionary new views of risk and opportunity. 

While these changes offer huge promise (and more than a few concerns about privacy and regulation), the brains of decision-makers work as they did before, and they are not wired for big data. 

The challenge: getting value out of big data depends on making it smaller—small enough that decision makers can take it in and act on new insights with confidence. 

Dealing with this fundamental but largely overlooked challenge of big data will separate organisations that get a positive return on their investments in data and analytics from those that try hard but end up left behind.

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About Mark Kennedy

Associate Professor and Director of Imperial Business Analytics
Dr Kennedy is Associate Professor of Strategy & Organisation at Imperial College Business School, Director of Imperial Business Analytics – a research lab at Imperial’s Data Science Institute (DSI) – and Co-director of the DSI.

His research focuses on the emergence of new markets and industries and the more basic building blocks of organising, with a particular interest in meaning construction processes. His work has appeared in American Sociological Review, Academy of Management Journal and the Journal of Management Studies, among other publications.

Dr Kennedy has substantial experience in consulting and high technology, and was a Principal in the management consulting unit of Computer Sciences Corporation prior to becoming an academic.