In Focus

Vox Pops: Big data versus gut instinct

There’s no doubt that ‘big data’ and analytics are playing an ever-increasing role in the modern business world. Effectively utilising and analysing an organisation’s multitude of information offers the potential to truly revolutionise business decision-making.In effect, big data offers companies the opportunity to take the guesswork out of business decisions. Of course, there will always be people and business sectors where instinct and simple gut-feel play a role. So can access to big data and proper analysis thereof ever completely supersede intuition, or can the two co-exist amicably? With this in mind, The Margin asked key players in a range of industries the following: “Do you think having access to increasing amounts of data will help you make better business decisions? Or will gut instinct always have a place in your profession?”

Big data. Big deal?

Is the hype around ‘big data’ equating to anything realistic in terms of channel opportunity? Will the world and their cat be knocking at your door to fix them up? Or is it a strategic and considered sell to a select few?

Vox pops: Cloud computing and the channel

To find out the impact cloud computing is having on South African businesses, The Margin canvassed the opinions of people in the channel and beyond. Here are their thoughts.

Betting on cloud: Farewell to the box-dropper

Selling server hardware is a traditionally good business for the reseller, with good margins on big-ticket items. However, with the market in decline, thanks to cloud computing, is the old-fashioned box-dropper finally heading towards the light?