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The number of objects and actions in our daily lives that generate a data footprint is exploding. As we become ever more connected, the growth of mobility data is expected to exceed 30 exabytes by 2020, the product of 8.2 billion personal wireless devices and 3.2 billion M2M and IoT connections.

For most of us, the idea of an exabyte is way beyond our comprehension (if we even know the term). To make it easier, let’s just call it Big Data. Thirty years ago, big data was a few years of time series. As we move through each technology threshold, we need to rethink how big data is defined. And with each generation, new horizons emerge for the use of big data.

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