The promise of business gems from big data may be more of a long-range goal as enterprises work through their own issues with BI systems and unstructured content uses, according to a new report from non-profit information management professionals group, AIIM.

The survey, entitled “Big Data – Extracting Value from Digital Landfills” consisted of more than 400 responses to an AIIM member survey conducted in March and April. Less than 10 percent reported that it is already an “essential capability” for business and about 15 percent expect that it will be essential. On the flip side, nearly 15 percent reported they weren’t really aware of what big data is yet and about 20 percent were merely more than curious about its potential. As far as data analysis, reporting and BI across structured data sets, only 4 percent are developing advanced analytics and big data tools, while most still opt for spreadsheets and ad hoc reports (30 percent) and reports in individual business systems (29 percent).

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