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Gartner and IDC Predict Big Data Trends for 2012

In addition to increases in cloud computing and consumerization of IT, Gartner’s analysts predict that in 2012, we’ll see noticeable increases in big data.

Among other specific predictions, according to FierceCIO:

  • Gartner’s analysts fear that the ever-expanding volume of information available to organizations, coupled with IT’s diminishing control, will make it harder to ensure the consistency and effectiveness of data.

IDC predicts:

  • Worldwide IT spending will grow 6.9% year over year to $1.8 trillion in 2012. As much as 20% of this total spending will be driven by the technologies that are reshaping the IT industry – smartphones, media tablets, mobile networks, social networking, and big data analytics.
  • Big Data will earn its place as the next “must have” competency in 2012 as the volume of digital content grows to 2.7 zettabytes (ZB), up 48% from 2011.
  • Over 90% of this information will be unstructured (e.g., images, videos, MP3 files, and files based on social media and Web-enabled workloads) – full of rich information, but challenging to understand and analyze.
  • As businesses seek to squeeze high-value insights from this data, IDC expects to see offerings that more closely integrate data and analytics technologies, such as in-memory databases and BI tools, move into the mainstream.
  • And, like the cloud services market, 2012 is likely to be a busy year for Big Data-driven mergers and acquisitions as large IT vendors seek to acquire additional functionality.

Where is your big data focus going to be in 2012?

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