Data today is a lot like solar power. There’s an enormous amount of it—more than 2.5 million terabytes created daily—and everyone would love to find a way to harness its power for their operations. But it’s a complicated process, your current situation is still tenable and it might be better to let someone else figure it out.
With solar, that strategy is pretty sound. Photovoltaic panels have been around since the 1950s, yet the technology accounted for a scant 2% of power generated in 2016, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. However, with the much younger Internet of Things, the network of 9 billion+ sensors and devices collecting data on everything and everywhere to make more informed decisions faster and often automatically, you can’t just let the power pass you by.