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According to a report released by Gartner, most organizations see Big Data as an inevitability, but few have actually implemented a plan. “64% of organizations surveyed have already purchased or are planning to invest in big data solutions in 2013, compared with 58% in 2012. Of that 64%, 30% have already invested in big data tech, 19% plan to invest within the next year and another 15% plan to invest within two years. Less than 8% of Gartner’s 720 respondents, however, have actually deployed big data technology.”

These numbers are perhaps not surprising. The Big Data field is still relatively young, with few major players. Only SAP HANA and Oracle Big Data have really stepped up to the plate (maybe with a switch hitter) to make marketable Big Data solutions.

Also contributing to the lack of actual Big Data implementation is the limited uses. For huge companies that calculate thousands or even millions of business transactions a day, Big Data planning is absolutely essential. For young enterprise companies who don’t have a solid future plan or many clients, there isn’t a whole lot of appeal in SAP or Oracle’s offerings.

It is likely that the growth of M2M (Machine to Machine) and smart technology will necessitate Big Data solutions. All of that extra information being processed and sent amongst smart devices will require analysis and interpretation, which is where a Big Data gameplan would help immensely.

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