The ability to collect, store and analyze data presents big opportunities for all kinds of businesses - and big problems in managing all that information. Big data is data that's too big for conventional database systems to process. That can be a big problem that often leaves companies looking for alternative ways to manage the load.

But thanks to new approaches for storing, processing and analyzing data, an increasing number of companies are succeeding at taming the "big data beast." According to this new infographic from, the living proof is in companies like LinkedIn, Facebook and, which are already capitalizing on user data. As the drive for more data continues to increase, companies may only have two options: Either tame the big data beast, or be crushed by the competition.

Big data infographic

Via: Wikibon Big Data