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.
- 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?