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Reasons to be excited about Big Data in 2013


The ‘year of Big Data’ may be over, but the ride’s only just begun. Here’s why JAXenter is still excited by the buzzword in the coming year.

2012 was the ‘Year of Big
Data’, many proclaimed last January: so where does that leave the
industry in 2013? An even better place, we reckon.

Following on from yesterday’s
5 Reasons to be excited about Java in 2013
, here’s why JAXenter
is still excited by Big Data in the coming year.

Hadoop’s next real-time move

The term ‘Big Data’ obtained plenty of attention (and equal
scrutiny) last year with all the vendors driving home the
importance of data processing and storage, as they’d been doing for
many years before. Towards the tail end of 2012, we began to see
the next stage of the ‘Big Data’ revolution – real time.

Google’s 2010 research paper Dremel seems to
have inspired many within the space, demonstrating the possibility
of querying ad-hoc and in real-time.
Cloudera unveiled Impala in October
, while MapR went to the
Apache Incubator with
, their distributed system for analysing huge

Hadoop has reached maturity but its main hindrance has been the
inability of gleaning analysis at the speed which enterprises
demand. 2013 could be the year where we see this change and a new
direction for data-centric products. (Chris

Statistics are now sexy (thanks to Nate

To the unwashed masses to whom the term Big Data sounds like a new
Adam Sandler movie, 2012 was a landmark year for quantitative
analysis. This was mostly thanks to Nate Silver, the
New York Times blogger who accurately predicted the re-election of
Barack Obama by aggregating poll data, and whose book ‘The Signal
and the Noise’, which covers the less-than-sexy topic of
statistics, became a bestseller.

So, as a statistician becomes one of the New York Times’ most
famous writers, there’s now an even simpler shorthand for
explaining the concept of Big Data: “let’s do it like Nate Silver”.
Hopefully this brief capturing of the public’s imagination (and,
even better, that of your boss) will lead to an even greater
clamouring for Big Data technologies.

‘Big Data’ might become ‘data’

‘Big Data’ is far from a new concept: it’s just more possible than
ever before thanks to recent advances in hardware and software.
However, traditional terms like ‘data analysis’ have fallen by the
wayside in preference of the irritating (if useful) buzzword.

However, the tide appears to be turning. In his predictions for the
new year, Hortonworks President Herb Cunitz
: “By the end of 2013, the ‘big’ moniker will no longer be
necessary… it is all just data after all.”

Now the concepts of Big Data are fairly well-known – at least
within the developer community – can we go back to just calling it
‘data’ again? Lest we risk turning into a Dilbert

Jumping in is easier than ever

As the Hadoop platform solidifies, it is forming the foundation for
clever startups like
which are abstracting away existing barriers to
entry, and we’re likely to see even more of this within the coming

As Continuuity CEO Todd Papaioannou
told JAXenter
: “The regular Java developer who is writing J2EE
for the past decade doesn’t want to have to deal with kernel-level
API, so they don’t have to worry about, ‘how do I store data?’ and
worry about method calls that are like ‘bytes[] byte’ and things
like that. They want higher-level APIs.”

Without the worries of dealing with the underlying platform,
developers less familiar with Hadoop will be able to jump on board
too – hopefully resulting in an explosion of Big Data



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