The Future of Big Data

TIBCO CEO Vivek Ranadivé knows the evolution of data better than anyone. Here’s where he thinks it’s moving next.

A man gazes at a share prices board in Tokyo on December 9, 2013.
National Journal
Matt Berman
Dec. 11, 2013, midnight

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Vivek Ra­na­divé isn’t your stand­ard Sil­ic­on Val­ley CEO. He’s been dubbed “the most in­ter­est­ing man in the world,” Mal­colm Glad­well has a near ob­ses­sion with him, and he is the proud own­er of the NBA’s Sac­ra­mento Kings.

Ra­na­divé’s path to the fore­front of the big-data re­volu­tion star­ted as a boy in In­dia, listen­ing to the moon land­ing. It took him to MIT, and the found­ing of his com­pany TIBCO, which is widely cred­ited with di­git­iz­ing Wall Street.

But his am­bi­tion isn’t sat­is­fied. The next step? Ra­na­divé wants to find pre­dict­ive pat­terns in data. “We’re sit­ting on a new fron­ti­er right now, where the avail­ab­il­ity of in­form­a­tion is go­ing to be ubi­quit­ous. What we have to do is find the pat­terns and solve prob­lems.”

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