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Big Data: Concurrent CEO Suggests a Pragmatic View for Data Projects in 2015

By Dick Weisinger

Gary Nakamura

Gary Nakamura, CEO Concurrent

Where will the Big Data industry be going in 2015? Gary Nakamura, CEO of Concurrent, has published his list of predictions about the direction that Big Data will take. This is the second year in a row that Nakamura has offered up predictions.

Nakamura said that “this year every company is in the business of data, and this will drive the demand for cost effective and scalable Big Data platforms higher than ever before. As the market continues to catch up to the hype, 2015 will be the year that Hadoop becomes a worldwide phenomenon. As part of this, expect to see more Hadoop-related acquisitions, IPOs and the rise of new jobs.”

Nakamura’s predictions made a year ago today for Big Data in 2014 were as follows:

  1. Expect to see more funding of Big Data companies and potentially a significant IPO
  2. More Hadoop projects will fail than will succeed
  3. Big Data Projects will be an increasingly important part of business processes, leading to a need for Big Data project managers
  4. Big Data will become more about the apps that use big data than the data itself
  5. Big Data will be everywhere, but will continue to be convoluted and confusing.

This year, Nakamura again has predictions.  Going into 2015, Nakamura expects to see the following trends in the new year.

  1. Given the number of Big Data failures in 2015, companies will be more pragmatic in matching Big Data to the right problems
  2. The use of MapReduce, because people have become familiar with it, will continue to outnumber other Big Data options, even newer ones like Apache Spark and Tez
  3. Increasingly, Java Enterprise developers will see their skillset in high demand to work on data projects
  4. Hadoop adopters will be looking closely in 2015 to measure their success and return on investment of their projects
  5. “Elephants will fly” — Hadoop will make a push to become a worldwide phenomenon


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