2Big Data: In-Motion Use Cases

All data processing starts with data in motion. It can be as simple as taking the data and putting it in a repository. This chapter explores data in motion to help the reader better understand how it can be used to provide insights that can both provide a business advantage and create new business opportunities.

The main sections of this chapter are:

• Processing principles

• Big data use cases

• Internet of things

• Use cases by industry

The processing principles establish some high-level guidelines that can help us figure out which problems could be good candidates for data-in-motion processing.

The big data use cases look at cross-industries type problems and focus specifically on the ones that relate to our main subject.

No discussion would be complete without talking about the Internet of Things (IoT). This section explores what it is and why it is so important to all businesses.

Finally, this chapter provides data-in-motion use cases for specific industries.

Processing Principles

In the previous chapter, we saw one example of data in motion. It does not explain how one decides if a problem is a good candidate for data-in-motion processing. What principles should one use to make that decision? If we look at the overall processing requirements, we could boil it down to two simple questions:

• Does using data in motion reduce my processing costs?

• Does using data in motion solve my problem of getting information from my data faster?

The second ...

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