If asked to list the top trends in society as a whole - let alone the financial information industry-over the past five years, many observers would quickly point to big data. From explanations of how Barack Obama outmaneuvered Mitt Romney to how retailers can more accurately predict the products consumers will buy, big data has become a ubiquitous term.

Data managers at the financial services industry have certainly become familiar with ‘the three Vs' - increasing data volumes, increasing data v