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If Hadoop is the answer, what’s the question?

Jorge Lopez, director of product marketing, Syncsort

Every time new technologies enter the mainstream there is a bedding-in period; big data, and more specifically Hadoop, is no different. The UK market is still very much in its infancy and many organisations are struggling to make a proper business case; is it a next-generation analytics platform? Is it an open-source storage platform? Either way, the bottom line is that if your organisation generates a lot of data, Hadoop is likely to be on your radar already, but understanding how to sell it to the business is a skill in itself.

217% increase in big data investment over 12 months, report says

GP Bullhound, the investment firm behind the research says prescriptive analytics will fuel the next big wave of enterprise tech m&as

Growing at a rate of 56 per cent annually and pegged to reach $7.4bn by 2017, big data is one of the highest growth markets in technology today. Big data analytics has garnered $1.4bn worth of investment over the past 12 months, over 200 per cent more than last year according to research published Friday. The investment banking firm that commissioned the research says the results suggest the industry is about to enter a new stage of consolidation dominated by enterprise IT incumbents.