The ability to analyse vast quantities of data in an instant, enabling better informed decisions, is transforming the way we do business. Predictive analytics has slashed advertising expenditure. Machine learning is supplanting human judgement in all manner of fields, from medicine to insurance. For better or worse, the threat of crime and terrorism is greatly reduced by massive surveillance capability. But despite these phenomenal achievements, and with the IoT-related data explosion just around the corner, the core systems infrastructure that runs our banks, healthcare, transport infrastructure and factories is still largely reliant on 20th century, non-scalable technologies.

This symposium will discuss the technological, cultural and organisational challenges to modernising these infrastructures, introduce potential solutions, and discuss the opportunities to be derived from bringing Big Data to the ‘heart’ of the enterprise.