Gold was first discovered in Australia in Ballarat in late August 1851 on the rise above Canadian Creek at the base of "Poverty Point", which was later renamed to "Golden Point". Reports in the local paper, the Geelong Advertiser, instigated the first rush to the Ballarat Diggings. New mining techniques never before seen such as the "canary" sniffer and sifting tools found their way to the front line in Canadian Creek, and the accessibility of the new technology inspired ordinary people to dig in their own back yards, hoping to make their fortunes.
Fast forward 170 years and history is repeating itself, only this time the "gold" in your own back yard is the data and systems which organisations have been running and maintaining for years. The big data and analytic drive we're seeing today in the IT industry is allowing organisations to uncover and realise the hidden value of their existing data assets.