I’ve worked as a professional services consultant at several different points in my career. When in meetings with clients or prospective clients, I’ve been tagged with the role of ‘The Expert’ more often than any other. The video which follows is about as dead on as close to reality without becoming so true to life as to become scary and sad.
It’s not a long jump to go from perpendicular lines to talking about Big Data…
Trust me… Spend the few minutes it takes to watch it. It’s funny. You’ll enjoy it.
This is an all to common, and unfortunate, occurrence. So long as Excel dominates, this is the reality with which we will have to live. Ultimately, it’s the user needing to do advanced or in depth Analytics that loses.
Excel Dominates, But the Real Losers Are the Users
This infographic was created by the online, cloud backup provider, Mozy. This graphic compares and contrasts the size and capacity of physical storage mediums that have been used in the past with the digital mediums being used today. It opens with the following narrative:
Recording information is an inherent part of our humanity. As we evolve, we create more efficient means of storing this information. Since the creation of computers, we have greatly increased our ability to store and access large quantities of information.
This is then followed by the example of the storage of audio— music specifically. The original recording medium, a way cylinder would hold at the most, 2 minutes of audio and had a fairly inconvenient (by today’s standards to be sure) size to capacity ratio. Also shown are the 10in 78 rpm record with a 6 minute capacity (3 minutes per side), the 12 in LP with a capacity of 44 minutes, 46 minute 8-Track tape, 60 to 90 minute cassette tapes and finally, the 80 minute CD. These items are shown on contrast to the original iPod by Apple, which, with its 5 GB capacity, held a whopping 117 hours of audio and the more current 120 GB version which holds more than 83 days of audio! Movies, photos and books are examined in turn, each showing as dramatic an evolution as the previous.