Cameron speaks on big data at InformationWeek, Wipro conference

Big data -- the massive amount of information that is generated by social networks, mobile devices, blogs and other disparate content sources -- creates both challenges and opportunities for companies. Brian Cameron, executive director of the Center for Enterprise Architecture (EA) at Penn State, recently attended a symposium where he discussed how the practice of enterprise architecture -- the alignment of enterprise information systems and technology with business strategy and goals -- can be employed by companies to maximize the potential of enterprise big data and cloud computing environments.

Cameron was a featured speaker at “Managing the Data Explosion: Turning Information into Ideas,” a Wipro and InformationWeek executive symposium, held recently in Chicago. During the symposium, InformationWeek, a weekly business technology magazine headquartered in San Francisco, and Wipro, a global information technology services and consulting company based in Bangalore, India, presented ideas for managing the data explosion that companies of all sizes are encountering. The overall goal of the symposium was to help executives understand how they can harness valuable information flowing throughout the enterprise and make better decisions that lead to business growth.

“It is difficult to design enterprise-wide big data solutions that can access the many silos of data throughout the organization,” Cameron said.  “Enterprise cloud computing also needs to be planned and architected properly.  Enterprise Architecture provides the process and tools for analyzing, designing and implementing enterprise big data and cloud solutions.”

The Center for EA, which launched in January 2011, seeks to gather intellectual resources across Penn State to address research concerns and questions that span the design, functioning and governance of contemporary, information-driven enterprises. Enterprise architecture, according to Cameron, is the process of translating a business vision and strategy into effective operational planning.

“In today’s complex global environment, enterprise architecture is a crucial component for the effective implementation and management of enterprise big data and cloud environments,” Cameron said.

In addition to presenting at the symposium, Cameron was invited to join the review committee for next year’s InformationWeek’s National Architecture Awards program.

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Last Updated May 24, 2012