Thursday, May 30, 2013

Oceans of Data & The Internet of Things

Regular readers may recall the post, A Tea Cup, An Egg & A Cube, in which I likened (BIM)X on a project to information that filled a teacup, then a gallon jar, then a 55 gallon drum and finally a 500 gallon tank.  The post also highlighted challenges associated with Humpty Dumpty BIM and BIM as a Braille Rubik's Cube in the hands of a sighted owner.

I wanted to expand on that post a bit, as the teacup to a 500 gallon tank analogy fails to accurately convey the overwhelming mass of data associated with facilities and infrastructure, ignores other Big Data sources and completely fails to distinguish between the existing data on the internet and data that will come to be associated with the internet of things in the very near future.

As we move forward in this brave new world we need to recognize that the project centric data, while massive in our world, represents less than a small rain drop's worth of data in the emerging ocean of data being created on the internet.  Further, while the vast majority of the data created and stored on the internet to date has been data created by humans - books, blogs, videos, facebook posts, comments, BIM, PDFs of drawings, etc. etc - the internet of things leads to an explosion of data created by things connected to the internet that self-report terabytes worth of data over their lives.  It's this vast ocean of data that participants in the knowledge economy must be prepared to mine effectively. 

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1 comment:

Brian O' Hanlon said...

I was at an MBA opening evening tonight, and I was looking at their subjects, semester breakdown etc. There are so many masters out there now, competing for peoples' scare attention and time - that I always wonder, is it best to do one quickly that one may fancy right now - of give it a few years, move into position where one is faced with certain challenges daily, and then launch into a good MBA program.

Who knows. But I certainly, said, I would weight it up a little.

The MBA I looked at was over two years, and designed for people working. It looked good. I was astonished though to see the breath of things covered, and the diverse backgrounds from which students came from. In fact, the administrators said they worked hard to get a 'mix' of students into the program each year.

Yeah legal, financial reporting, economics came up a lot in subject categories. But also, things like knowledge management took up a quite considerable space, which I though was of interest.

By the way, the 'dashboard' on LinkedIn is very handy for seeing the latest blog reminders from you. I often manage to spot a new James Salmon contribution on the LinkedIn home page, where I wouldn't always visit collaborative construction blog itself as often.