8th & Walton Blog Excerpt: Often, the various sets of data are available to different people, and not all team members are able to make good use of all the software providing data. It’s not only the problem of Big Data — the sheer quantity of information being captured — but also of multiple streams of data arriving in different places and in different forms.

And suppliers no longer want to wait for weeks while analysts collect and analyze data and create reports.

Unification puts as much data as possible onto a single technology platform. At this point, it’s not clear what platform will be able to handle all this data, or which platform will be chosen by the myriad third party services as a sharing platform. But it is clear that there is a need for unification, in the form of a single platform that can handle all the various sources of data. Movista is one of the contenders.

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