Tech Buzzwords: Big Data

BIG DATA

A buzzword, or catch-phrase, used to describe a massive volume of both structured and unstructured data that is so large that it’s difficult to process with traditional database and software techniques. An example of Big Data might be petabytes (1,024 terabytes) or exabytes (1,024 petabytes) of data consisting of billions to trillions of records of millions of people — all from different sources (e.g. Web, sales, customer contact center, social media, mobile data and so on). The data is typically loosely structured data that is often incomplete and inaccessible. When dealing with larger datasets, organizations face difficulties in being able to create, manipulate, and manage Big Data. Big data is particularly a problem in business analytics because standard tools and procedures are not designed to search and analyze massive datasets. While the term may seem to reference the volume of data, that isn’t always the case. The term Big Data, especially when used by vendors, may refer to the technology (the tools and processes) that an organization requires to handle the large amounts of data and storage facilities. The term big data is believed to have originated with Web search companies who had to query very large distributed aggregations of loosely-structured data. Big Data may also be called enterprise big data. Other common referenced phrases include big data analytics.

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Confusing Tech Buzz Words 2012

Do you really know what “The Cloud” means? What about “Big Data”?

The Global Language Monitor has released a list of the most confusing tech buzzwords of the decade, so far. The Cloud and Big Data top the list.

“High-tech terms have long spilled into popular culture,” says Paul JJ Payack, president of the Global Language Monitor. “To a large and growing extent, high-tech buzzwords are fueling the growth of English, which now serves as the Earth’s means of global communication.”

To make its list, the Global Language Monitor tracked word frequencies in print and electronic media, the blogosphere, databases and the Internet. Below you’ll find the complete list of most confusing tech buzzwords. Quiz your friends to see who can best — or worst — define them.

List of this year’s buzzwords:

Big Data
The Cloud
The Next Big Thing
Social Discovery
Web 2.0 (3.0, and so on)
Solid State
CERN
Solar Max
De-dupe
3G/4G/5G
SoLoMo

What tech buzzwords do you find the most confusing? Do you disagree with this list?