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Big & Fast Data: The Rise of Insight-Driven Business - China

Our study of 1,000 senior business leaders demonstrates the extent to which big data sources and technology are being adopted across different sectors and regions of the world.

We explain the impact on businesses and markets and how the acquisition of data is breaking down traditional industry boundaries. We identify how businesses are adapting to deal with this and what organizations need to do to make big data work for them.

Here we take a closer look at the findings from China.

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Big & Fast Data: The Rise of Insight-Driven Business - China

  1. 1. Big & Fast Data: The Rise of Insight-Driven Business Capgemini view Like Brazil, the other BRIC country in our study, the Chinese market is very bullish about big data right now, and is arguably providing a lesson for more reticent countries with slower growth. It’s worth noting however that China is not a homogeneous whole in this regard. Alongside regions that have been targeted for economic growth and that receive heavy government investment in infrastructure, there are also less developed regions. Major Chinese businesses are well aware of the opportunity and the threats that big data brings; as a consequence they are eager to invest, and to try new approaches. It helps that they are not encumbered by the legacy technology – and “legacy thinking” – that seems to be holding back some countries in the industrialized West. In China, it’s the business and, critically, CxOs that are driving big data initiatives – a factor that accelerates the pace of adoption and helps bring about the business change that has to underpin successful big data initiatives. It is likely that the combination of government supported investment and business agility will only help the country’s big data agenda accelerate. Major Chinese businesses are well aware of the opportunity and the threats that big data brings China
  2. 2. About Capgemini With almost 145,000 people in over 40 countries, Capgemini is one of the world’s foremost providers of consulting, technology and outsourcing services. The Group reported 2014 global revenues of EUR 10.573 billion. Together with its clients, Capgemini creates and delivers business and technology solutions that fit their needs and drive the results they want. A deeply multicultural organization, Capgemini has developed its own way of working, the Collaborative Business ExperienceTM , and draws on Rightshore® , its worldwide delivery model. Learn more about us at or contact us at The information contained in this document is proprietary. ©2015 Capgemini. All rights reserved. Rightshore® is a trademark belonging to Capgemini. Perception of big data as a disruptor China understands the disruptive capabilities of big data – only about 30% of respondents, compared with 38% overall, said they didn’t anticipate any disruption in the next three years. Respondents were likely to say that their organizations had experienced disruption in the past three years from start-ups and newly created companies, and also from existing competitors developing new products and services. Most expected this disruption to continue in coming years. Awareness of big data opportunities Chinese respondents show the strongest perception of the importance of big data of any country or region in our study. They are likely to agree strongly that decision- makers increasingly require data in real time, that big data provides new business opportunities, enables new revenue streams, and is becoming a revenue driver in its own right. Chinese respondents also show the strongest awareness of, and belief in, the commercial possibilities of big data, ahead of Brazil and the US. They were more likely than other respondents to agree strongly with propositions about the importance of big data to effectiveness, competitiveness, and boundaries between industries, and about the business value of big data and the ability to exploit it. Implementation approach An impressive 94% of Chinese respondents said their companies had implemented or were in the process of implementing big data technology, or would do so in the next 12 months – the highest proportion of any country. The global average was 71%. Around 50% – again the highest proportion of any country or region surveyed – are currently in the process of implementation. Respondents had put in place a wide range of responses to the challenges of big data: they had often added security to protect customer data, additional data privacy measures, and data management systems to predict future customer behavior patterns. Many had restructured or reorganized to exploit data opportunities, commissioned specialist big data analytics companies, or hired big data specialists. Chinese organizations were the most likely to be planning to increase investment in big data over the next three years (85% of Chinese respondents expected this, versus 56% globally). 30%of respondents, compared with 38% overall, said they didn’t anticipate any disruption in the next three years.