As a kid, I wasn’t the biggest fan of the water. My mom used to drop me off at swim lessons, and I would “hide” under the water from my swim instructor for as long as I could, but, as it turns out, I unfortunately can’t hold my breath for very long.
Over the years as I begrudgingly learned to swim, the whole premise of being submerged in something that could kill me started to seem less daunting and my distaste for water began to subside. Ignore the fact that, for the longest time, I still had this irrational fear that sharks would swim out of my swimming pool filter. However, it wasn’t until I found myself at the top of a cliff overlooking some treacherous water with my friends telling me to jump in -- insert joke about me following my friends off the edge of a cliff -- that I realized that it was time to leave all my fears and qualms about water behind and just take the leap.
Fast forward several years and I find myself at the 2015 ARMA conference where ZL’s slogan was conveniently “Taking the Leap into the Data Lake.” The tagline was accompanied by a picture of a cliff diver who looked much more graceful in his cliff dive than I did in mine. The scene seemed all too familiar: we were discussing that the exponential growth of data has rendered traditional RIM dead, and thus now is the time to jump in and embrace the waters of the once-formidable data lake. By suggesting everyone learning to “swim” (or rather, govern information) in the data lake, we were actually fostering discussion on the new potential of Big RIM. Essentially, at ARMA, the conversation seemed unavoidable: the wave of big data and the analytics that can be run on that data is so compelling that it is turning our traditional view of RIM on its head. I’ll admit, the whole concept seems pretty overwhelming, but just as I left my reservations behind when I hurled myself off the edge of a cliff, so must we in the records management sphere learn to adapt to big data by learning to manage it.
So, what was my big ARMA takeaway? We can’t ignore it anymore: Big RIM for big data has arrived and data lakes are here to stay. We can’t all “hide” under water forever (despite what four-year-old me might have thought). So what better time than now to take the leap and control our data again?
So go ahead, jump on in, the water’s great.