It makes sense that the “gap”, as I call it, is the main problem in Analytics, today. Many of my friends work in Analytics roles where it’s basically a 14 hour day – 6 to 7 days a week (at time). Data is one aspect of the puzzle, but the other is “how much work” is it going to take to make the data useful?xSPACEAlso, how many people are there that are involved in using the data?xSPACEBasically, the more of a “gap” there is between easy applying of knowledge and the raw data, the more work intensive your role will be, your work will be. In many industries and roles – the “gap” wasn’t well understood, it wasn’t clear that it isn’t just what you bring to the table, it’s what is on the table to begin with and who is sitting with you at that table.xSPACEUnless the gap was small the work you have will always be much more than you thought it would be – I usually come up with an estimate of time and then add a “0″ after it – the modified time estimate is usually much closer to the real-time it takes to “close the gap”. In 2014, the gap between Social Data and Return on Investment gets a bit smaller – and that is what we’ll mainly remember about the year (along with any memorable events that happen).xSPACE
Take this example - A new 3D printing technique in Europe is threatening the value of the world’s most prized works of art. The proprietary technique is being used by the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, which has partnered with Fujifilm to produce three-dimensional reproductions of Vincent Van Gogh’s masterpieces.