Cumulative Project Assignment

W3: Assignment
Researching Big Data

  1. Briefly define the term Big Data, what it is and how it is used.
  2. Choose one of the following research topics related to Big Data.
  • Find articles that discuss the use of big data in your career field or a field in which you are interested. What benefits are being delivered? What are some of the hardware and software tools being employed? What complications are limiting the results of big data? Write a paragraph or two answering each of these questions.
  • Many executives still mistrust the results of big data and analytics. Find articles that address this issue and summarize the key reasons why. How might these issues be overcome?
  • IBM Watson is a question-answering computer system capable of answering questions posed in natural language. Find articles that appeal and develop a one-page report that either discusses how Watson is “trained” or an application of Watson of interest to you.

At least one article should come from a GU Library resource (find the library link at the top of the Glife page). Article link should be included in the paper. Remember, information should be restated in your own words. Any direct quotes should be properly credited to the source and quotes should not comprise more than 20% of the paper.

W4: Cumulative Project Assignment

Project Plan: Cloud and Networking Needs

An information system is limited in its capabilities without access to the internet. Data and communications must flow smoothly and reliably.

  1. What kind of infrastructure will be necessary to support your business? Consider the options discussed in Chapter 6 reading and videos and determine what kind of network and storage will be necessary to support the business.


  1. Will you start small and expand or get everything in place from the beginning? What are the cost and other benefits of each?

Legal concerns or security risks

  1. Are there any risks or legal issues that preclude a specific option?

Cloud integration

  1. What about cloud services? Can SaaS, DaaS, or other cloud-based tools be more economical and convenient than traditional ones? Do you foresee a need for occasional upscaling of services in times of increased usage like sales, inventory cycles, or holidays? If you decide against cloud services or storage, discuss why you made that decision.

Revisit your data flow diagram from last week. Do your choices now affect your original design? If so revise to include the new decisions.
Address each of these areas using the headings provided and submit as a Word document. Be sure to run spellcheck and keep quotes to a minimum with credit given to sources. Include any references used.
Include project summary each week at the top or add to the previous week as the project is cumulative and the entire document will be submitted in week 8.