Big Data

Big data has the potential to empower you to make better business decisions, in real time. By unlocking your organisation’s data, you can fundamentally change the way it operates and steer the transformative, digital journey your stakeholders expect.

CIOs are under increasing pressure to provide the necessary tools and processes to enable a big data strategy for their businesses, which will allow for the capture of new insights and market opportunities. They need to hone their ability to exploit data and find ways to turn it into business value.

Of course, this is often easier said than done, and to some it may seem like an insurmountable task. The volume of information that the typical organisation deals with has grown exponentially over the last decade. You may wonder: ‘Is it possible to have so much unstructured data? Is the cloud really capable of controlling and scaling to accommodate these volumes? How do we create policies that’ll enable us to make intelligent use of our data?’

Big data also brings a new breed of security concerns. It’s precisely the unstructured nature of big data that makes it more vulnerable to security breaches than the corporate information generated by your usual applications.


Oratech believes that making the most of your data requires more than just collecting, storing, and processing information. It’s also about bringing cloud, networks, and security together to create a hybrid IT environment.
The good news, however, is that you don’t necessarily need large investments in infrastructure and resources to start.
We can help you accelerate you big data ambitions in the following areas:
Information policy

It’s important to define an underlying information policy before you implement new big data infrastructure or processes. We help you decide which types of information you need to keep and for how long, where the information should be stored, and how you’ll access the information.

This will help guide further activities such as network infrastructure optimisation, leveraging both traditional and new data-mining toolsets, or making structural and process improvements to streamline the way decisions are made.

Big data platforms

We can assist you to move ahead on your big data journey by implementing a low-cost, simple platform to gather data. From there you’ll be able to identify useful patterns that will drive returns very quickly, if followed up with proactive activity.

A small investment in such a platform can be funded from the benefits gained by its use.

Hybrid cloud

We provide guidance on when and where you can use cloud to accelerate your big data ambitions. We help you with questions such as: ‘What percentage of my IT footprint should cloud represent?

Where do different workloads and data sets belong, and for what period?’ We also provide assistance in managing the process of moving data between traditional and cloud infrastructures, and identifying the modifications that you’ll need to make to your environment to enable the fluid movement of your data.

Data-ready networks

Our teams work with you to consider the impact of big data on the network and ensure that all the elements used to build the network work together.

Rather than keeping your network running by adding more bandwidth, we help you design a ‘data-ready’ network.

Such a network will be developed with overarching business objectives in mind, by a team that comprises representatives from multiple technology domains and business units.

Data security

We believe that security shouldn’t be ‘bolted onto’ new solutions as an afterthought.

Security should be part of the big data conversation right from the start. We can assist you to evaluate the available measures that can help make big data safer, for example, file-level and database-level monitoring.

We can also provide managed security services to help you cope with the added workload and ensure consistency and responsiveness in securing big data.