Utilizing Big Data scenarios that are generated from increasing digitization and data availability is a core topic in IS research. There are prospective advantages in generating business value from those scenarios through improved decision support and new business models. In order to harvest those potential advantages Big Data capabilities are required, including not only technological aspects of data management and analysis but also strategic and organisational aspects. To assess these capabilities, one can use capability assessment models. Employing a qualitative meta-analysis on existing capability assessment models, it can be revealed that the existing approaches greatly differ in their fundamental structure due to heterogeneous model elements. The heterogeneous elements are therefore synthesized and transformed into consistent assessment dimensions to fulfil the requirements of exhaustive and mutually exclusive aspects of a capability assessment model. As part of a broader research project to develop a consistent and harmonized Big Data Capability Assessment Model (BDCAM) a new design for a capability matrix is proposed including not only capability dimensions but also Big Data life cycle tasks in order to measure specific weaknesses along the process of data-driven value creation.

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