Analysts at Gartner say that big data will drive $28bn of
worldwide IT spending this year and is forecast to drive £34bn in 2013. The
researchers are to further analyse the use of big data at this year’s Gartner
Symposium/ITxpo in Orlando, USA, October 21-25.
A recent report from Gartner found that most
of the current spending in IT is being used to update traditional systems to
adapt to big data demands; $4.3bn of this is thought to be spent on software.
At the moment, big data is having a significant impact on
IT, with 45% of new spending attributed to it each year and 10% of other
spending "influenced” by big data. It’s most significant impact is in social
media analysis and content analytics.
"Despite the hype, big data is not a distinct,
stand-alone market, it but represents an industry wide (sic) market force which
must be addressed in products, practices and solution delivery," said Mark
Beyer, research vice president at Gartner
"In 2011, big data formed a new driver in almost every
category of IT spending. However, through 2018, big data requirements will
gradually evolve from differentiation to 'table stakes' in information
management practices and technology. By 2020, big data features and
functionality will be non-differentiating and routinely expected from
traditional enterprise vendors and part of their product offerings."
Gartner believe that leading organisations will be beginning
to use big data in an "almost embedded form in their architecture and practices”.
Whilst the analysts think that this will become less of an advantage over
traditional solutions by 2018, big data tools will persist as they will have
already become incorporated into some of the world’s leading organisations.
This is because once they are in place, big data solutions
will continue to offer flexibility and staff will have been trained to obtain
the necessary skills to deal with it.
"Because big data's effects are pervasive, big data
will evolve to become a standardized requirement in leading information
architectural practices, forcing older practices and technology into early
obsolescence," said Mr. Beyer.
"As a result, big data will once again become 'just
data' by 2020 and architectural approaches, infrastructure and
hardware/software that does not adapt to this 'new normal' will be retired.
Organizations resisting this change will suffer severe economic
Further, more detailed information can be found in the
report: "Big Data Drives
Rapid Changes in Infrastructure and $232 Billion in IT Spending Through 2016".