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Is it better to build or buy a big data architecture?

Is your organization better suited to build, buy or blend its big data architecture? Discuss with SearchCIO during #CIOChat Wednesday, Sept. 24, at 3 p.m. EDT.

When it comes to your organization's big data architecture, is it better to build or buy? You should start your quest by putting aside all the marketing mumjo-jumbo and defining what big data really means for your organization. From there, CIOs and IT leaders need to look hard at their operational requirements, their technical wish lists and, as always, the bottom line.

Join SearchCIO Wednesday, Sept. 24, at 3 p.m. EDT to discuss the basics behind a big data architecture and whether buying, building or even blending is right for your enterprise. We'll discuss market changes in the big data sphere, the technical requirements CIOs should consider before investing in new architecture, the advantages and disadvantages of building vs. buying, and where hybrid options might make sense.

SearchCIO site editors will lead the event from SearchCIO's Twitter handle, @SearchCIO, joined by other TechTarget editors, writers and experts. Join us, tell us about your big data architecture experience and bring your burning big data questions for us and other participants.


Date: Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014
Time: 3 p.m. EDT
Host: @SearchCIO
Hashtag: Use and follow #CIOChat (other hashtags include #bigdata, #bigdataarchitecture)

Before joining us, please review the following tips before September's tweet jam:

  • To follow the conversation, type "#CIOChat" into Twitter's search bar. From this page, select "All" to view tweets in real time.
  • Your first #CIOChat tweet should be introductory, including your name, title and organization.
  • @SearchCIO will ask a series of questions about big data architcture, starting at 3 p.m. EDT (Q1, Q2, etc.). In your tweeted responses to each question, please preface with A1 (Answer 1), A2 and so on, then remember to include "#CIOChat." Include this hashtag in every tweet during the chat.
  • Please note that Twitter allows only 140 characters per tweet. You are welcome to tweet multiple responses to each question.
  • Throughout the discussion, retweet (RT) and favorite tweets you concur with and reply to those you disagree with.

Please direct questions, RSVPs or other concerns to our editors. Talk to you on Twitter!

Next Steps:

See recaps from our last #CIOChat on IT hiring, including tips on how to combat the tech talent shortage and adapt to the tech skills gap, and  how to work with the business to find the right tech skills.

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Is your organization building, buying or blending a big data architecture?
The question regarding buying or building big data is dependant on where your company is currently. If you have outsourced your IT infrastructure then big data has to be outsourced or rebuilt. If the question is should big data be built then the question in an academic environment is yes as the skills needed need to be inside the organisation as it requires interpretation and focus in relation to your company goals. Outsourced big data is by its nature focussed on the average company or on the various sectors. When things go wrong it will be very difficult to either be aware of the problem or able to adapt quickly. Outsourcing may now suffer as a result of big data.