The past twelve months have seen more businesses take ownership of their data than ever before. Finding ways to exploit and make use of the information they've had in their company all along means they gain insights to improve everything from operations, to staff deployment through to customer service.
2013 was a year in which big data became a 'hot topic' for discussion and debate, reaching far beyond the usual industry journals and making the mainstream news for a number of good and bad reasons. With that in mind there has been a great deal of speculation about what trends we should expect to see in big data in 2014.
London is known worldwide for it's fashion names, from Alexander McQueen to Kate Moss to Isabella Blow, we have some of the top dogs in the business, but there are a few new members, bringing something a little bit different to the fashion scene and well they are doing nothing but expanding their empires fast.
4G has a lot to offer, and we are constantly reminded that the UK is behind on its roll-out, with the promise that it will eventually be available to more of us than 3G. As things stand, EE has had a head start on the other providers, but Vodafone and O2 have joined the exclusive club with their own new deals.
The move to the connected vehicle is already in full swing with manufacturers such as Ford, Audi, Toyota and BMW offering systems that enable their vehicles to hook up to the web through mobile phone networks. But the connected car isn't just about keeping up with the competition; consumers are driving it too.
As the market enters its first extended period of growth for half a decade you would be forgiven for thinking that the hard work is all but done. After a turbulent five years UK businesses have now reached a cross-roads - they understand the need to spend, but are fearful that one wrong move may mean ruin.