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Managing a Big Data Project? Here are Six Good Practices to Keep in Mind

As more organizations implement big data initiatives, IT project managers are learning how to navigate this emerging world. Earlier this year, I completed a big data platform rollout project at Nine Entertainment Co. (NEC). I hope that my insights from the experience can be valuable to other project managers. The project kicked off in October 2015, with completion scheduled for six months later. Our scope was to commission both a big data platform to capture emerging data sources and a business intelligence tool to provide reporting and analytics capabilities. Six major lessons emerged from the process: Avoid talent bottlenecks; coordinate dependencies; communicate the big picture; work toward short-term targets; keep performance and usability in mind; and involve support and operations staff at all stages.
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