Over the past four years, we have seen a dramatic shift in the way enterprises store and analyze information. It seems that everywhere you turn these days, there is someone talking about Big Data - a topic on every CIO's mind right now and for good reason. At the Gartner Symposium/IT expo in October 2012, the IT analyst firm indicated that Big Data will create 4.4 million new IT jobs globally. By 2016, analysts predict that Big Data will have driven $232 billion in global IT spending.
While we have developed cost effective databases capable of handling the gigantic amounts of data being generated today, there is more work to be done in Big Data tooling. As the costs have decreased, organizations are increasingly striving to utilize as much of their data as possible. In 2013, we are bound to see significant development in both the number and quality of Big Data tooling applications. We will look at 2013 as the year Big Data became mature