Big Data and Analytics: What to expect in 2014


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Last year was a great one for technology professionals, consultants and practitioners working in the area of Big Data and Analytics. And 2014 promises to be even better. Given below are three main reasons why 2014 will be a spectacular year for those of us in Big Data and Analytics:

1) Investments in very large Big Data projects:

Many of the large and medium-sized enterprises ‘experimented’ with Big Data last year by undertaking ‘Pilot’ projects to demonstrate business value. Well, they are now ready to take next major step in their Big Data journey by undertaking major projects and are planning to invest substantial amount of money on Big data and Analytics initiatives in the year 2014

2) Maturing of Big Data tools and technology:

Another reason CIOs/CTOs of large and medium-sized enterprises are planning to make substantial investment on Big Data and Analytics initiatives in 2014 is ‘maturing’ of Big Data and Analytics tools and technology. This is the result of large-scale investments by venture capital firms in this area during last two years.

3) Rise of Industry specific platform based solution for Big Data and Analytics:

Another trend that is gaining traction is industry or vertical specific solution to leverage Big Data and Analytics. In no industry this trend is more evident than in Health Care and Life Sciences industry/vertical. I expect this trend to catch on in all other industries too, especially Banking/Financial Services, Insurance and Retail. And thanks to availability of industry specific platform based solutions,  large and medium-sized enterprises will be able to leverage Big Data and Analytics without making heavy upfront investments.

What do you think? Do you agree that 2014 will be spectacular year for Big Data and Analytics professionals? Please do share your opinion or respond on Twitter, my ID is @HKotadia.

Republished with author's permission from original post.

Harish Kotadia, Ph.D.
Dr. Harish Kotadia has more than twelve years' work experience as a hands-on CRM Program and Project Manager implementing CRM and Analytics solutions for Fortune 500 clients in the US. He also has about five years' work experience as a Research Executive in Marketing Research and Consulting industry working for leading MR organizations. Dr. Harish currently lives in Dallas, Texas, USA and works as a Practice Leader, Data Analytics and Big Data at a US based Global Consulting Company. Views and opinion expressed in this blog are his own.


  1. I would tend to agree with your thoughts that industry based platforms will increase the use of Big Data solutions. However, I am not so sure about the fact that there is going to be a large investment from small and large enterprises on big data projects.

    I have seen many customers initiate pilot projects, however, I havent seen substantial results from these pilots which warrant the next step (at least not in the way we usually think (RoI).

    Though, i agree that companies that would like to take the plunge might be in for a ride (positive or negative) and the ride will be bumpy. This is of course my understanding of the situation based on the interactions i have had..


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