Big Data Opportunities Loom Large for the Channel

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For the IT channel, big data analytics opportunities abound and could be the proverbial gift that keeps on giving for the rest of this decade and beyond.

Big Data Analytics Tools and Techniques

However, Bloom isn't suggesting that organizations shouldn't continue to invest in Hadoop. It's just that many organizations will soon discover that Hadoop as a vehicle for addressing data fragmentation is only a piece of the much bigger data management puzzle that is made up of a variety of big data analytics tools and techniques, Bloom contends.

In fact, Mike Flannagan, vice president of data and analytics for Cisco, noted that  the processing of big data will require a more nuanced approach to computing as data winds up getting processed in different stages. For example, big data analytics in the context of Internet of things (IoT) applications is really a distributed application that involves processing at the end point, the gateway and in the network before anything makes its way back to the data center. As such, many organizations still need to figure out what data needs to be processed exactly when, where and how, Flannagan said.

"When it comes to big data, everybody talks about volume, velocity and variety," Flannagan said. "But they may want to start thinking more in terms of fast data and the right data."

Regardless of the approach, one thing that is for certain is that when it comes to big data analytics skills is that many organizations will remain fairly challenged. Roughly half the organizations CompTIA polled admitted that they see skills gaps in areas such as real-time analytics, relational databases and data security.

Throw in the cloud, security, storage systems, increased network bandwidth requirements, as well as the challenges associated with building big data applications and the scarcity of data scientists needed to make sense of it all, and it quickly becomes evident that as far as the IT channel is concerned big data is becoming a proverbial gift that could very well keep on giving all through the rest of this decade and beyond.

Michael Vizard has been covering IT issues in the enterprise for more than 25 years as an editor and columnist for publications such as InfoWorld, eWEEK, Baseline, CRN, ComputerWorld and Digital Review.