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IDC has been using the phrase “data intelligence software” to describe a category of capabilities that provide intelligence about data, and the term “data intelligence” has caught on in the industry. But not all definitions of data intelligence are equal. Let’s take a closer look at how IDC defines the term, and some permutations that have emerged.

Think about all the connected “things” you carry with you or have in your home: Smart phones, iPads, PCs, fitness watches and many other devices. Some we’ve used for years, others are part of the growing Internet of Things (IoT). We use them frequently for communicating, connecting socially, monitoring our health and fitness or conducting business. All of this data is contributing to what IDC calls the Global DataSphere. You may not realize this, but as soon as you connect anything to the internet, you establish a data exchange relationship that adds to the world’s DataSphere until the device is disconnected.