Information Management Solutions Mark the First Step in Realizing Positive Contributions from Big Data
Big Data hits the headlines for a reason other than the sheer magnitude of its existence. In fact, big data solutions are expected to make contributions to bettering our society at-large outlined in "10 Ways Big Data Is Remaking Energy."
With the help of management and analytics, big data can reduce energy consumption, prevent energy loss, and even add more clean power to the grid. The article offers the following thoughts on how big data will impact clean power:
One of the main goals for the smart grid is to enable the addition of more variable clean power, which is far more unreliable than fossil fuels (the sun doesn’t shine and the wind doesn’t blow 24/7). Analytics crunching the data from a utilities’ energy supply and demand can help make clean power a little less variable, by being able to moreaccurately predict the environmental conditions, as well as more accurately assess demand from energy users.
While these are only projections now, in due time various topics on this list will be realized. If they do manifest, we will have information management solutions to thank first and foremost for storing and integrating raw data and turning it into actionable information ready to be processed.
Megan Feil, February 2, 2012