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What's the Relationship Between Traditional Business Intelligence (BI) and Big Data?

Alistair Croll for O’Reilly:

Big data is a successor to traditional BI, and in that respect, there’s bound to be some bloodshed. But both BI and big data are trying to do the same thing: answer questions. If big data gets businesses asking better questions, it’s good for everyone.

Big data is different from BI in three main ways:

  • It’s about more data than BI, and this is certainly a traditional definition of big data.
  • It’s about faster data than BI, which means exploration and interactivity, and in some cases delivering results in less time than it takes to load a web page.
  • It’s about unstructured data, which we only decide how to use after we’ve collected it and need algorithms and interactivity in order to find the patterns it contains.

Original title and link: What’s the Relationship Between Traditional Business Intelligence (BI) and Big Data? (NoSQL database©myNoSQL)

via: http://radar.oreilly.com/2011/11/big-data-business-enterprise.html