big data use casesOne of the key best practices for successful implementation of a big data analytics solution is to validate the business use case for big data. It will help organization with two important aspects for success: Here are some Big Data Use Cases..

1. Keeping the scope limited

2. Helping to measure the success of a solution that addresses a key business problem

In case the same data set addresses multiple use cases, an organization may need to prioritize their use case and apply an iterative and phased approach. It’s the theory of getting the biggest bang for the buck, both tactical and strategic. Think Big and Act small!

While there are extensive industry-specific use cases, here are some for handy reference:

EDW Use Cases

  • Augment EDW by offloading processing and storage
  • Support as preprocessing hub before getting to EDW

Retail/Consumer Use Cases

Financial Services Use Cases

  • Compliance and regulatory reporting
  • Risk analysis and management
  • Fraud detection and security analytics
  • CRM and customer loyalty programs
  • Credit risk, scoring and analysis
  • High speed arbitrage trading
  • Trade surveillance
  • Abnormal trading pattern analysis

Web & Digital Media Services Use Cases

  • Large-scale clickstream analytics
  • Ad targeting, analysis, forecasting and optimization
  • Abuse and click-fraud prevention
  • Social graph analysis and profile segmentation
  • Campaign management and loyalty programs

Health & Life Sciences Use Cases

  • Clinical trials data analysis
  • Disease pattern analysis
  • Campaign and sales program optimization
  • Patient care quality and program analysis
  • Medical device and pharma supply-chain management
  • Drug discovery and development analysis

Telecommunications Use Cases

  • Revenue assurance and price optimization
  • Customer churn prevention
  • Campaign management and customer loyalty
  • Call detail record (CDR) analysis
  • Network performance and optimization
  • Mobile user location analysis

Government Use Cases

  • Fraud detection
  • Threat detection
  • Cybersecurity
  • Compliance and regulatory analysis

New Application Use Cases

  • Online dating
  • Social gaming

Fraud Use-Cases

  • Credit and debit payment card fraud
  • Deposit account fraud
  • Technical fraud and bad debt
  •  Healthcare fraud
  • Medicaid and Medicare fraud
  • Property and casualty (P&C) insurance fraud
  • Workers’ compensation fraud

E-Commerce and Customer Service Use-Cases

  • Cross-channel analytics
  • Event analytics
  • Recommendation engines using predictive analytics
  • Right offer at the right time
  • Next best offer or next best action

These are some of my favorites and ones that I have come across. Please add your favorites to the comment section. I would like to know from readers what they are seeing in their organization.

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