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Walmart – the world’s biggest retailer with over 20,000 stores in 28 countries, is in the process of building the world’ biggest private cloud, to process 2.5 petabytes of data every hour.
To make sense of all of this information, and put it to work solving problems, the company has recently completed construction of what it calls its Data Café – a state-of-the-art analytics hub located within its Bentonville, Arkansas headquarters.
Here, over 200 streams of internal and external data, including 40 petabytes of recent transactional data, can be modelled, manipulated and visualized. Teams from any part of the business are invited to bring their problems to the analytics experts and then see a solution appear before their eyes on the nerve centre’s touch screen “smart boards”.
This tool has cut down the amount of time it takes to solve complex business questions, which are reliant on multiple external and internal variables, from weeks to minutes.”
Full text available at LinkedIN. April 3, 2017