Faculty Publications

Title

Big data analytics: transforming data to action

Document Type

Article

Keywords

Actionable knowledge, Big data, Dashboards, Decision making

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Business Process Management Journal

Volume

23

Issue

3

First Page

703

Last Page

720

Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to provide a conceptual model for the transformation of big data sets into actionable knowledge. The model introduces a framework for converting data to actionable knowledge and mitigating potential risk to the organization. A case utilizing a dashboard provides a practical application for analysis of big data. Design/methodology/approach: The model can be used both by scholars and practitioners in business process management. This paper builds and extends theories in the discipline, specifically related to taking action using big data analytics with tools such as dashboards. Findings: The authors’ model made use of industry experience and network resources to gain valuable insights into effective business process management related to big data analytics. Cases have been provided to highlight the use of dashboards as a visual tool within the conceptual framework. Practical implications: The literature review cites articles that have used big data analytics in practice. The transitions required to reach the actionable knowledge state and dashboard visualization tools can all be deployed by practitioners. A specific case example from ESP International is provided to illustrate the applicability of the model. Social implications: Information assurance, security, and the risk of large-scale data breaches are a contemporary problem in society today. These topics have been considered and addressed within the model framework. Originality/value: The paper presents a unique and novel approach for parsing data into actionable knowledge items, identification of viruses, an application of visual dashboards for identification of problems, and a formal discussion of risk inherent with big data.

Original Publication Date

1-1-2017

DOI of published version

10.1108/BPMJ-03-2016-0056

Repository

UNI ScholarWorks, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

Language

en

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