Mike Gualtieri, principal analyst at Forrester, kicked off the focus on big data with a look at what is driving exponential growth in information and what it will mean for consumers and enterprises. He framed a discussion that will continue throughout the academic year. The series will be examining how increasing amount of data on customers, sales, inventories and other critical aspects of operations might reshape decision-making for the enterprise.He explained how sets of data might be combined to render previously unavailable insights. Also, what benefits might arise? what problems might occur?