Big Data Deluge: New Challenges for Collaboration

Leigh Jasper

When we talk about big data, we often focus on the stress of storage costs on IT budgets, or on the need for faster and more powerful analytics. But big data also has implications for collaboration.

Whether we’re collaborating for science, marketing, manufacturing, or construction -- where BIM (Building Information Modeling) files average over 50 MB and can range up to 1 GB in size -- digital files keep getting bigger, and we keep producing more of them. Take that 20-MB PowerPoint presentation. It’s usually not just one file. To create it, we typically email versions to multiple people, who save the original and create new versions which they then send back out to the team. The final 20-MB deck might be only the tip of a 200- or 400-MB iceberg.

There are many other reasons why collaborating via email...

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