IBM's Big Sheets addresses the question of how enterprises can analyze massive amounts of data using user-friendly, Web-based, visualization and analytic tools. Look for Big Sheets and similar analytic tools to become widespread, especially among the clouds. R.C.J.
Everybody today, from C-class business professionals to editors like myself, have become accustomed to trolling the enormous database represented by the World Wide Web. Unfortunately, our automated analysis tools, such as the venerable spreadsheet, are still in the pre-Web development stage where databases could fit on our desktop computers.
To remedy, IBM assembled its jStart team to harness the power of parallel processing to digest gigantic databases and make them accessible and usable with a simple Web-based browser tool that resembles old-school tools such as the spreadsheet.
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