Are big data users leaving behind Hadoop? - Canadian Government Executive
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January 12, 2016

Are big data users leaving behind Hadoop?

While Hadoop continues to address big data requirements such as volume, velocity and variety other technologies will tackle one or other of the "big V"’ of big data. IDC's Market Spotlight titled Canadian Organizations Reconsider Approach to Big Data tells you what are the critical issues to consider when undertaking a big data project.

As the adoption rate of big data technologies among Canadian companies continue to rise there is a growing indication that organizations are shifting towards alternatives to Hadoop, according to analyst firm IDC.

Big data adoption in Canada is expected to nearly double through 2016 however, the open-source software framework designed for distributed storage and processing of large data sets has been plagued by technology diversification and low Canadian adoption, according to David Senf, IDC Canada’s program vice-president for infrastructure solutions.

While Hadoop addresses big data requirements such as volume, velocity and variety “other technologies will tackle one or other of the ‘big Vs’ of big data.”

”…Hadoop – although the initial inspiration for big data is no longer the heart of it,” Senf says in the IDC Market Spotlight titled Canadian Organizations Reconsider Approach to Big Data.

The paper, which was sponsored by Dell and Softchoice, is a useful document for IT professionals and organizations contemplating or fine-tuning a big data project. It provides a heads up on the latest technology options, the shift towards converged systems and tackles critical considerations such as implementation challenges, processes, budget allocation trends as well as emerging roles in the enterprise tied to big data.

For instance, the study found that only 22 per cent of Canadian organizations have a big data team in place and that companies typically post employees to big data projects on an ad hoc basis. In fact, less than 10 per cent of Canadian organizations are expected to have a chief data officer in the next two years.

If you’re looking for guidance on how to develop and execute a big data strategy for your organization, click on this link to download the market spotlight.

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Nestor Arellano

Nestor is a Toronto-based journalist who specializes in writing about technology and business. He is the editor of Vanguard Magazine and the associate editor of IT in Canada and a regular contributor to CGE.

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