With 77% of the respondents making big data analytics a priority, the opportunity for the channel is ripe.
The biggest single segment making big data analytics a high priority was companies with 100 to 999 employees at 57%.
A full 74% of respondents said big data would make information more transparent while 72% said big data would improve speed and accuracy of decision-making.
Real-time data access (65%), timely integration of data (63%), quicker determination of when changes are needed (63%) and automated decision-making (61%) are significant big data drivers.
Improving speed and reducing complexity was the dominant reason to invest in big data (62%), followed by customer retention (50%).
A full 71% report they have started at least one big data project or plan to in the next 12 months. But only 29% are in an actual early stage of deployment. Most of the smaller companies surveyed are still investigating the big data opportunity.
Big data project and management costs tops the list, followed by how to scale the environment and, then, the integration of data and applications.
Almost half (46%) say they are managing 10TB or more per month while 21% say they are managing 100TB of data a month.
Survey respondents say they expect data volume to grow 45% over next two years, and 10% say data volumes will more than double.
Nearly 40% report they are using semi-structured data, social networking data and structured e-commerce data in combination.
Only 32% plan to acquire purpose-built systems for big data, while 37% plan to use or are using commodity hardware. The vast majority plan to increase use of in-house systems.
Analytical databases top the list at 44%, followed by business intelligence tools and relational databases, at 41% each.
With 43% looking for easier big data tools to use and another 41% in need of more network bandwidth, there are significant additional big data opportunities for the channel.
65% of companies with 1,000 or more employees use an enterprise data warehouse to house their data while 43% of companies with 100 to 199 employees use a vendor database.
Only one vendor (IBM, with 12%) received more than 10% of the responses when customers were asked which vendor they were working with, and 43% said they were not working with any vendor.