Key predictions offered for big data in the coming year

It's that time again when we say goodbye to the old year and start looking ahead to the new one. And as 2014 gives way to 2015, one question that will be on the mind of many IT professionals is what the coming 12 months will hold for those trends that have entered the mainstream in the past year.

And for many organisations, central to this will be the state of the big data analytics landscape. Over the past 12 months, companies of all sizes have looked to adopt the technology, and man deployments have moved from the testing stage into full productions, so it's already clear that big data is finding its place in the enterprise. 

But where next for the technology? Some predictions for this have been gathered recently by Information Week, which spoke to a range of industry experts in order to get their views on the state of the market, and they came up with a few key predictions.

Moving beyond the hype

The last 12 months have seen a huge amount of new applications, tools and components introduced that have sought to take advantage of the huge hype surrounding big data, and Hadoop in particular, stated John Schroeder, co-founder and chief executive of MapR. But the next year will see much of this replaced by mature solutions that offer real transformation.

"In 2015, the market will concentrate on the differences across platforms and the architecture required to integrate Hadoop into the data centre and deliver business results," he added.

Data science opens up

For Lukas Biewald, chief executive and cofounder of data-mining and crowdsourcing service CrowdFlower, the big change in big data in 2015 will not come from the technology, but the people expected to use it. He said that the required skillset for data science professionals will be vastly different from today, with the ability to code becoming less of a job requirement.

This will be the result of information becoming more accessible and analytics solutions getting easier to use, so anyone with the right tools will be able to gain powerful insights from data. 

Internet of Things to come to the fore

The next year will see the number of uses for Internet of Things (IoT) technology explode, with sensors making their way into every part of the economy. While innovations such as connected cars that can provide telematics data – and even remove the need for a human driver – will gather many of the headlines, less-glamorous objects will have the greatest impact on people's everyday lives – often without them knowing it.

In particular, customer service is set to be transformed by IoT, with Keith McFarlane, chief technology officer and senior vice-president of engineering at LiveOps explaining it will change the entire dynamic of the sector. The processing of live data from devices such as fitness wearables, vehicles, home appliances, and medical instruments will provide "an unprecedented view of the customer's needs, resulting in far greater competitive advantage for those who are aware of the possibilities", he said.