Defining Big Data for the Public CIO

Do you remember service-oriented architecture (SOA)? This concept led to tremendous new capabilities and efficient, mission-focused designs. Enterprises established architectures in which application interfaces, logic and data were separated and smartly reusable. After the term went mainstream, every company in the IT ecosystem grabbed onto it and began to use the acronym SOA to mean anything they wanted it to. Although it’s still a useful construct for IT professionals, when it comes to interacting with industry, the term has now lost much of its meaning.

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