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October 2016, Volume 4, Number 5

Big data governance steps into IT spotlight as architectures expand

With big data architectures typically including a diverse mix of processing platforms and data stores, effectively managing and governing data across them all is becoming a must-do item. But big data governance processes are often still in the early stages of development, and the same goes for software tools that can help support budding governance efforts. At the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, data governance is part of the agenda for the next phase of its big data initiative, along with heightened data security measures. "Those are things we didn't focus on initially," as the IT team worked to deploy a Hadoop cluster that began running applications in March, said Bryan Lari, director of institutional analytics at MD Anderson. But a solid governance strategy is "very important" to the ultimate success of the Houston-based healthcare organization's big data deployment, Lari added. Big data governance is also a key element in managing a Hadoop-based architecture that 22,000 business users at General Electric Co.'s...

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