Understanding Big Data and Artificial Intelligence

SHAIVI CHAPALGAONKAR | June 18, 2021 | 326 views

Data is an important asset. Data leads to innovation and organizations tend to compete for leading these innovations on a global scale. Today, every business requires data and insights to stay relevant in the market. Big Data has a huge impact on the way organizations conduct their businesses. Big Data is used in different enterprises like travel, healthcare, manufacturing, governments, and more.  If they need to determine their audience, understand what clients want, forecast the needs of the customers and the clients, AI and big data analysis is vital to every decision-making scenario. When companies process the collected data accurately, they get the desired results, which leads them to their desired goals.

The term Big Data has been around since the 1990s. By the time we could fully comprehend it, Big Data had already amassed a huge amount of stored data. If this data is analyzed properly, it would reveal valuable industry insights into the industry to which the data belonged.

IT professionals and computer scientists realized that going through all of the data and analyzing it for the purpose was too big of a task for humans to undertake. When artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm came into the picture, it accomplished analyzing the accumulated data and deriving insights. The use of AI in Big Data is fundamental to get desired results for organizations.

According to Northeastern University, the amount of data in the world was 4.4 zettabytes in 2013. By of 2020, the data rose to 44 zettabytes.

When there is this amount of data produced globally, this information is invaluable to the enterprises and now can leverage AI algorithms to process it. Because of this, the companies can understand and influence customer behavior. By 2018, over 50% of countries had adopted Big Data.

Let us understand what Big Data, convergence of big data and AI, and impact of AI on big data analytics. 

Understanding Big Data

In simple words, Big Data is a term that comprises every tool and process that helps people use and manage vast sets of data. According to Gartner, Big Data is a “high-volume and/or high-variety information assets that demand cost-effective, innovative forms of information processing to enable enhanced insight, decision-making, and process automation.”

The concept of Big Data was created to capture trends, preferences, and user behavior in one place called the data lake. Big Data in enterprises can help them analyze and configure their customers’ motivations and come up with new ideas for the creation of new offerings. Big Data studies different methods of extracting, analyzing, or dealing with data sets that are too complicated for traditional data processing systems. To analyze a large amount of data requires a system designed to stretch its extraction and analysis capability.

Data is everywhere. This stockpile of data can give us insights and business analytics to the industry belonging to the data set. Therefore, the AI algorithms are written to benefit from large and complex data.

Importance of Big Data

Data is an integral part of understanding customer demographics and their motivations.
When customers interact with technology in active or passive manner, these actions create a new set of data. What contributes to this data creation is what they carry with them every day - their smartphones. Their cameras, credit cards, purchased products all contribute to their growing data profile. A correctly done analysis can tell a lot about their behavior patterns, personality, and events in the customer’s life. Companies can use this information to rethink their strategies, improve on their product, and create targeted marketing campaigns, which would ultimately lead them to their target customer.

Industry experts, for years and years, have discussed Big Data and its impact on businesses. Only in recent years, however, has it become possible to calculate that impact. Algorithms and software can now analyze large datasets quickly and efficiently.The forty-four zettabyte of data will only quadruple in the coming years. This collection and analysis of the data will help companies get the AI insights that will aid them in generating profits and be future-ready.

Organizations have been using Big Data for a long time. Here’s how those organizations are using Big Data to drive success:

Answering customer questions

Using big data and analytics, companies can learn the following things:

• What do customers want?
• Where are they missing out on?
• Who are their best and loyal customers?
• Why people choose different products?

Every day, as organizations gather more information, they can get more insights into sales and marketing. Once they get this data, they can optimize their campaigns to suit the customer’s needs. Learning from their online habits and with correct analysis, companies can send personalized promotional emails. These emails may prompt this target audience to convert into full-time customers.

Making confident decisions

As companies grow, they all need to make complex decisions. With in-depth analysis of marketplace knowledge, industry, and customers, Big Data can help you make confident choices. Big Data gives you a complete overview of everything you need to know. With the help of this, you can launch your marketing campaign or launch a new product in the market, or make a focused decision to generate the highest ROI. Once you add machine learning and AI to the mix, your Big Data collections can form a neural network to help your AI suggest useful company changes.

Optimizing and Understanding Business Processes

Cloud computing and machine learning help you to stay ahead by identifying opportunities in your company’s practices. Big Data analytics can tell you if your email strategy is working even when your social media marketing isn’t gaining you any following. You can also check which parts of your company culture have the right impact and result in the desired turnover. The existing evidence can help you make quick decisions and ensure you spend more of your budget on things that help your business grow.

Convergence of Big Data and AI

Big Data and Artificial Intelligence have a synergistic relationship. Data powers AI. The constantly evolving data sets or Big Data makes it possible for machine learning applications to learn and acquire new skills. This is what they were built to do. Big Data’s role in AI is supplying algorithms with all the essential information for developing and improving features, pattern recognition capabilities.

AI and machine learning use data that has been cleansed of duplicate and unnecessary data. This clean and high-quality big data is then utilized to create and train intelligent AI algorithms, neural networks, and predictive models.

AI applications rarely stop working and learning. Once the “initial training” is done (initial training is preparing already collected data), they adjust their work as and when the data changes. This makes it necessary for data to be constantly collected.

When it comes to businesses using this technology, AI helps them use Big Data for analytics by making advanced tools accessible and obtainable to help users gain insights that would otherwise have been hidden in the huge amount of data. Once firms and businesses gain a hold on using AI and Big Data, they can provide decision-makers with a clear understanding of factors that affect their businesses. 

Impact of AI on Big Data Analytics

AI supports users in the Big Data cycle, including aggregation, storage, and retrieval of diverse data types from different data sources. This includes data management, context management, decision management, action management, and risk management.

Big Data can help alert problems and help find new solutions and get ideas about any new prospects. With the amount of information stream that comes in, it can be difficult to determine what is important and what isn’t. This is where AI and machine learning come in. It can help identify unusual patterns in the processes, help in the analysis, and suggest further steps to be taken.

It can also learn how users interact with analytics and learn subtle differences in meanings or context-specific nuances to understand numeric data sources. AI can also caution users about anomalies, unforeseen data patterns, monitoring events, and threats from system logs or social networking data.

Application of Big Data and Artificial Intelligence

After establishing how AI and Big Data work together, let us look at how some applications are benefitting from their synergy:

Banking and financial sectors

The banking and financial sectors apply these to monitor financial marketing activities. These institutions also use AI to keep an eye on any illegal trading activities. Trading data analytics are obtained for high-frequency trading, and decision making based on trading, risk analysis, and predictive analysis. It is also used for fraud warning and detection, archival and analysis of audit trails, reporting enterprise credit, customer data transformation, etc.

Healthcare

AI has simplified health data prescriptions and health analysis, thus benefitting healthcare providers from the large data pool. Hospitals are using millions of collected data that allow doctors to use evidence-based medicine. Chronic diseases can be tracked faster by AI.

Manufacturing and supply chain

AI and Big Data in manufacturing, production management, supply chain management and analysis, and customer satisfaction techniques are flawless. The quality of products is thus much better with higher energy efficiency, reliable increase in levels, and profit increase.

Governments

Governments worldwide use AI applications like facial recognition, vehicle recognition for traffic management, population demographics, financial classifications, energy explorations, environmental conservation, criminal investigations, and more.

Other sectors that use AI are mainly retail, entertainment, education, and more.

Conclusion

According to Gartner’s predictions, artificial intelligence will replace one in five workers by 2022. Firms and businesses can no longer afford to avoid using artificial intelligence and Big Data in their day-to-day. Investments in AI and Big Data analysis will be beneficial for everyone. Data sets will increase in the future, and with it, its application and investment will grow over time. Human relevance will continue to decrease as time goes by.

AI enables machine learning to be the future of the development of business technologies. It will automate data analysis and find new insights that were previously impossible to imagine by processing data manually. With machine learning, AI, and Big Data, we can redraw the way we approach everything else.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why does big data affect artificial intelligence?

Big Data and AI customize business processes and make better-suited decisions for individual needs and expectations. This improves its efficiency of processes and decisions. Data has the potential to give insights into a variety of predicted behaviors and incidents.

Is AI or big data better?

AI becomes better as it is fed more and more information. This information is gathered from Big Data which helps companies understand their customers better. On the other hand, Big Data is useless if there is no AI to analyze it. Humans are not capable of analyzing the data on a large scale.

Is AI used in big data?

When the gathered Big Data is to be analyzed, AI steps in to do the job. Big Data makes use of AI.

What is the future of AI in big data?

AI’s ability to work so well with data analytics is the primary reason why AI and Big Data now seem inseparable. AI machine learning and deep learning are learning from every data input and using those inputs to generate new rules for future business analytics.

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Risk Africa Innovatis Picks InetSoft as a Partner in Spreading Business Intelligence

InetSoft | August 30, 2022

InetSoft Technology, a pioneer in data intelligence, analytics, and reporting, announced that it is partnering with Risk Africa Innovatis to spread business intelligence in East Africa and beyond. Risk Africa Innovatis uses technology solutions to provide intelligence to decision makers and management of institutions across different sectors close to real time while providing expertise in state-of-the-art predictive risk advisory and management techniques. The company developed RiskAfrica.IRPMIS & CountyGo.IRPMIS, an integrated risk and performance management solution for both public and private sectors. Specialized modules are available for operational risk management, quality management, project management, fraud risk, information security risk, performance management and risk-based internal audit. Risk Africa Innovatis has a vision of turning CEOs and decision makers into pilots and creating a cockpit for them. “As we dug deep in the delivery of technology solutions for real-time intelligence, we realized the power of big data analytics and how it drives solutions that mitigate against the most critical uncertainties affecting an organization’s objectives,” states Gilbert Mwalili, Executive Director of Risk Africa Innovatis. Risk Africa Innovatis chose InetSoft from a crowded field of potential BI partners because of its range of functionalities, most notably a powerful data mashup engine that enables fast and flexible transformation of data from disparate sources enabling close to real-time delivery of our intelligence technology solutions. Comprehensive documentation was found to aid ease of use. Risk Africa Innovatis also observed the fact that there was no need to be an expert in coding or programming to design and use interactive dashboards and analytics. Lastly, during the evaluation phase, the InetSoft technical team was found to always be available to provide guidance for complex scenarios. “By offering InetSoft’s Style Intelligence, Style Scope, and Style Report, we have solutions for the African market that is yet to embrace the power of data at its disposal, and the cockpit dream is an inch closer to actualization,” continued Mr. Mwalili. “From data sourcing, to analysis, visual intelligence and reporting, our partnership is poised to link Africa with the rest of the world. Unchaining the African potential of being the future business frontier builds our agenda of innovating and driving data-driven decision making with InetSoft BI.” “In Risk Africa Innovatis, we have found a progressive, aggressive partner in enabling successful deployments of our data intelligence solutions in East Africa and beyond. “We will continue to be their agile partner with an engineering team always accessible to ensure mutual success.” Mark Flaherty, CMO at InetSoft About Risk Africa Innovatis Risk Africa Innovatis is a Kenyan-owned technology-based management advisory service provider with a pool of professionals in various fields of expertise and experience gained locally and internationally. The company’s focus is to use technology solutions to provide intelligence to decision makers and management of institutions across different sectors while providing expertise in state-of-the-art risk advisory and management techniques. About InetSoft Since 1996, InetSoft has been delivering easy, agile, and robust business intelligence software that makes it possible for organizations and solution providers of all sizes to deploy or embed full-featured business intelligence solutions. At the core of the platform is a data mashup and transformation engine that can preclude the need for data warehouse and data preparation expenses. Application highlights include visually-compelling interactive dashboards, pixel-perfect production reporting, and machine learning functionality accessible to non-data scientists. All of these capabilities combine to allow a maximum degree of self-service that benefits the average business user, the IT administrator, and the developer. InetSoft’s solutions have been deployed at over 5,000 organizations worldwide, including 25% of Fortune 500 companies, spanning all types of industries.

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