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Big Data Drives Rapid Changes in Infrastructure and $232 Billion in IT Spending Through 2016

Published: 12 October 2012

ID: G00245237

Analyst(s): Dan Sommer, Mark Beyer , Merv Adrian , John-David Lovelock


Big data has become a major driver of IT spending. The benefits to organizations for adding big data to their information management and analytics infrastructure will force a more rapid cycle of replacing existing solutions.

Table Of Contents


Market Trend

  • Big Data Is a Market Driver for Innovation
  • Market Structure Trend
    • Users Are Leveraging Big Data Everywhere With New Behavior
    • Estimating Big Data Spending
    • Big Data Spending 2011 to 2016
  • Technology Trend
    • Hardware Form Factors Will Be Introduced and Traditional Software Vendors Must Evolve
  • Big Data Trends 2016 and Beyond
    • Leading Organizations Will Demand Big Data as Table Stakes
  • Projected Phases and Timing of Big Data

Contrarian View

  • If Traditional Vendors Fail to Adapt to Big Data, New Vendors Will Emerge to Leverage the Cloud and Enhance Analytics

Vendors to Watch

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