Big Data Progresses Beyond Early Adopters

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Enterprises understand big data's potential. Yet big data talent is in short supply, which could create demand for solution providers with the right skills.

"There's a need for a new breed of consulting around BI and APIs," Looker CEO Frank Bien said. "People want to unlock the business value of big data."

In a recent survey, more than four in 10 executives cited big data analytics as the biggest driver of business change. Additionally, more than half said their customers are forcing the issue, according to study, based on a poll of 3,600 senior business executives conducted by market research firm Vanson Bourne on behalf of EMC.

Both the opportunity and the challenge associated with big data is that there is no shortage of technologies that can be deployed across any number of use cases.

The good news is that while there is a lot of awareness of big data's potential business value, hands-on expertise is in short supply. Whenever that type of IT scenario emerges, there's almost always a talent void that winds up creating demand for technical expertise from solution providers; assuming, of course, they have managed to maneuver themselves into the right place at just the right big data time.

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