“Data really powers everything that we do.” –Jeff Weiner(Weiner, 2015 ). Oftentimes than not once the word data is mentioned, one’s mind goes to the concept of collective information of much proportion. This concept has been expanded to include information of great size that is beyond our initial expectations. The study sets out to explore the evolution of data as we know it, throwing light on the enormousness of current data possibilities, such as it is now termed; Big Data. The Study explores the value of this technology and adoption of Big Data processes to private businesses in Ghana. The research adopts the use of qualitative and interpretive approach in the quest to answer the research questions. Through the process of interviews and documentary reviews, the participants of this research included 3 main groups of personnel:1. MDs of the selected organisation.2. IT Managers / IT Heads of the selected organisation3. Staff/ Direct Users of the technology Also for in order to understand the regulatory landscape: 1. Data Protection Agency The interpretive findings of this study reveal that Ghanaian private organizations deal with unique environmental challenges and expectations, and as such, leadership must be poised to implement deliberate structures and lifestyle that lead to a transformational mind-set. The first stage includes company’s accepting primarily that there’s value addition in the adoption of Big Data and this value addition out weights any cost of investments they may need to do. It is also important it recognize the leadership trait that any person steering the affairs of the company should have in order to sustain the implementation of any big Data strategy adopted. Reason being that one cannot move forward in the implementation of the required technology if leadership is conservative and comfortable with status quo. The organization must also seek to enforce the right culture one that informs their drive to continuously improve their process as well as one that allows for information sharing for the making of relevant decisions. Additionally, as organizations are dependent on environmental factors like policy implementation that does not stifle innovations it is essential for them to seek to shape government frame work that affects the industry. Finally, is the actual investment into big data tools like Hadoop and development of skill sets to actually get the work done.
Keywords : Big Data, Big Data Process, Value, Leadership, Culture.