So, if this is such a great idea, why isn't everyone doing it? "Because it's hard to do," says Stephenson. "There are tons of companies stuck in the middle of $6 million BI projects. People are afraid it's too big to tackle. But our definition of 'big' is changing. In 10 years, everybody will be living in the world of what we consider Big Data today. There's no reason you can't start out by using smaller subsets of data to validate your ideas before investing too much time or money in a big initiative."
Essential IT Project No. 2: Master your mobile devicesThe consumerization of IT is here to stay. The question is, What are you going to do about it?
You have two choices: Resist and kiss your career ambitions good-bye, or embrace it and win the undying respect of the C-suite executives who really want to use their iPads at work, even if they're not entirely sure why.
The project IT pros need to wrap their arms around is the mobile device dilemma: How to manage devices securely, provision them efficiently, and make your bosses happy without compromising the integrity of your network, says Mike Meikle, principal of Hawkthorne Group.
Even if you or your enterprise aren't quite ready to jump with both feet into the realm of mobile device management, you should at least be conversant with all the options available to you, he adds.
"A lot of IT folks will simply say no, they don't want those devices in their environment," says Meikle. "That's not going to fly, especially if this is being driven by executives. If you're approached by senior management about what it will take to integrate these devices into the enterprise and you say they're too risky or that you want to take a wait-and-see approach, you're not going to look so good. Being knowledgeable about what solutions are available will make you look like a pro to the business side of the organization."
If your enterprise is thinking about going BYOD, you'll have to figure out how to securely sandbox those corporate apps and what kind of authentication hoops users will jump through in order to log on, he adds.