Big Data – What does it mean to you?

This is the exact question we asked an audience in a session led by our Sales & Marketing Director Dr Yuki Abe, alongside GE Healthcare’s Jonathan Royce at our User Group Forum back in April 2018. By using the power of real time polling, we asked 36 audience members nine questions; 21 participated and we had an average response rate of 17.

But what really is Big Data? According to Wikipedia, “Big data is data sets that are so big and complex that traditional data-processing application software are inadequate to deal with them,” whilst Oracle, a leading global provider of enterprise cloud computing says, “put simply, big data is larger, more complex data sets, especially from new data sources. These data sets are so voluminous that traditional data processing software just can’t manage them,” which we have to admit sounds less daunting.

Our first question was “Would you like to hear more about “Digital Solutions” in our next User Group Forum?” And sure enough, 14 out of 16 people said “Yes” and only 2 said “No”, so we know Big Data is of interest for our users.

The question was followed up with; “How familiar are you with the term Big Data?”

To our amazement, more than half of the participants were either extremely or very familiar with the concept.

But did the audience think Big Data is necessarily? Nearly half of our participants said they were neutral i.e. they may not have decided yet.

So how does our user community define Big Data? Some said “Analysis”, “Knowledge” and “Management”, whilst others saw it as an “Organized effort to use data for AI responses.” But the most popular keyword was “large data sets”.

So far, all of the responses had produced interesting results. The next question was more to the point, “Do you have any security concerns about cloud solutions?” Unsurprisingly, nearly half of the audience who participated said, “Yes”.

This wasn’t much of a surprise, after all, we have heard on numerous occasions at various conferences that the pharmaceutical industry as a sector can be rather conservative.

Last but not least, we asked our audience whether they think AI with BioSolve Process is interesting. Astonishingly no one said “No”.

This led us to one certain conclusion; that there is still an appetite for more information and a better understanding of Big Data and how it can affect the industry.

To equip you with all the information, we’re aiming to have a keynote speaker who can talk about “Big Data” at the next User Group Forum, which will be in Leiden, Holland, so stay tuned for the confirmed date! And please don’t forget to answer our on-going poll about which supplier technologies you would like to evaluate in BioSolve Process here.

As Biopharm Services continues to go digital, we’re pleased to announce the success of our first Supplier Showcase with GE Healthcare’s AKTA and Bioprocess pcc and we’re hoping that more companies will join us in sharing their technologies with selected live audiences. Cast your vote here.

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