Channel 4 CIO Kevin Gallagher and David Jack, CIO at thetrainline.com, discussed Big Data strategy and security at the Economist's CIO Forum, with Jack playing down the buzzword hype and arguing that the success lies in the skill sets of employees able to interpret the data. "Big Data's really old news, nobody cares anymore," said Jack.
"We all have lots of data. You could argue that the accessibility of data is becoming democratised. You can store, access and analyse huge quantities of data which were unfeasible in the past. "What we're seeing is that the battlefield is not technology. That's a pain for me because I'm a CIO - the battlefield is really the analytics and not necessarily the analytics tools; it's the access to talent and being able to move faster than each of my competitors."