It’s all because of connectivity, don’t ya know? The “Internet of Things” is a simple concept – anything can be connected to the Internet. Anything. An embedded electronic gizmo, smaller than a fingernail, and boom, there it is – in your browser or app – that “thing”, transmitting all sorts of information. Trivial things, such as a reminder to water flowers; and critical things, such as a jet engine signaling it’s statistically likely to fail on its next flight. All this information, all this new type of data and the sophisticated analysis to make sense of it – is real. But, it will take many years to realize the revolutionary impact big data and big analytics will have on us. Importantly; however, we have passed the point of no return – the big data and big analytics craze, in all its hype, evangelical praise, and emphatic disdain, is secular and irreversible. Welcome to the “Era of Transformation”.