CEOs Call for Big Data and IT Continues to Lead Investment Decisions

IDG Enterprise’s 2014 Big Data research details the investment areas and challenges for big data adoption

Framingham, Mass. – January 7, 2014 – IDG Enterprise—the media company comprising Computerworld, InfoWorld, Network World, CIO, DEMO, CSO, CIO Executive Council, ITworld, CFOworld and CITEworld—releases the results from the 2014 IDG Enterprise Big Data research which delves into big data investments, expectations, challenges and vendor solutions as CEOs put more emphasis on big data strategies. The research demonstrates that big data initiatives continue to be a high/critical priority for 60% of enterprise organizations (1,000+ employees) and 46% of small/medium (SMB) organizations (<1,000 employees).

For this study, big data is defined as large volumes of a wide variety of data collected from various sources across the enterprise. Respondents indicated that the amount of data being managed per organization will increase by an average of 76% in the coming 12 to 18 months from 164.2TB to 289TB (see infographic).  The top sources contributing to this growth are emails, customer databases and word documents.

CEOs Allocating Big Dollars for Big Data

Big Data as an enterprise initiative is beginning to gain momentum. Half of the respondents are in the process of implementing or are likely to implement a big data solution and an additional 12% have already deployed a big data project. These individuals estimate that their organization will spend an average of $8 million on big data initiatives over the next year (Click to Tweet). In turn, business management, particularly the CEO, is leading the charge on the need for big data strategies. Business leadership is looking to IT management to build the necessary strategies to utilize big data based on company goals. Once implemented, IT executives play a key role in capturing, storing, searching/storing, sharing, analyzing and visualizing data.

There are numerous goals driving big data investment, particularly, improving the quality of decision-making (59%), increasing the speed of decision-making (53%), improving planning and forecasting (47%), developing new products/services and revenue streams (47%), and new customer acquisition/customer retention (44%). When measuring the value of those investments the top success factors considered critical or very important are: identifying areas and processes where big data can have the greatest impact (81%); making sure human capital exists to effectively extract value from big data initiatives (72%); and identifying the best big data tools or resources that will integrate with legacy infrastructure (70%).

“The potential benefits from analyzing data are limitless and three quarters of organizations predict that big data will be in mainstream use within the next three years,” said Matthew Yorke, CEO, IDG Enterprise. “It is not surprising that 70% of enterprise organizations are investing in big data, compared to 56% of SMB organizations. Some of the biggest winners in this, within enterprise organizations, will be marketers who partner with IT to better understand their customer data, activities and drivers.”

Current and future investments are focused on two areas for the majority of organizations, storage (55% currently and 49% plan to increase investments in the next 1-3 years) and servers (53% and 47% respectively). However, respondents anticipate a jump in cloud infrastructure investments over the next three years (26% and 44% respectively).  Additionally, organizations are investing in data analytics (52%), data mining (42%) and data visualization (36%) to gain business value.

Big Data Adoption and Security Challenges

Although organizations are investing in big data, budget limitations are considered the biggest challenge, followed by limited availability of skilled employees to manage and analyze big data and security. Enterprise organizations are also facing business process and organizational culture issues in big data adoption.

Skill sets are a key challenge because organizations are looking for individuals with specialized expertise. The majority of organizations currently employ database programmers, business analysts and data analysts in house. In the next 12-18 months, organizations will be hiring data scientists, data analysts, data architects and data visualizers.

Organizations have an increased confidence that their existing security solutions provide adequate security for big data, however that does not mean that precautions are not taken. More than half restrict or limit access to sensitive big data (52%) and encrypt sensitive data (43%).  Another precaution is to house sensitive data on premises (62%), versus in the cloud.

Vendor Requirements

At this time, half of the respondents do not see a clear leader in big data solutions and only 43% believe that the big data vendors they work with are effective in helping them define the value big data provides to their organization. Organizations believe that vendors are able to scale solutions to their organization accordingly, however find solutions inadequate when it comes to integrating them into existing solutions, ease of use and understanding pricing models.

“The IT leaders driving big data investments are looking to vendor partners to help prove the business case for investment,” continued Yorke. “Vendors that can demonstrate how their solution will help them monetize their data through improved decision-making capabilities and metrics, and provide best practices will be seen as the more valuable partner.”

Continue the Big Data Conversation

To learn more about open source solutions for managing Big Data challenges and to engage with IT decision-makers, thought leaders and solution providers, attend or sponsor Computerworld’s Open Business Conference, May 5-6, 2014 at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco, California.

To learn more about sponsoring Computerworld’s Open Business Conference contact Adam Dennison at adennison@idgenterprise.com.

About the IDG Enterprise Big Data Research

IDG Enterprise’s 2014 Big Data research was conducted across more than 1700 IT and security decision-makers from a range of industries.  The research goal was to gain a better understanding of organizations’ big data initiatives, investments and strategies. All respondents are involved in at least one of the following steps in the purchase process of IT or security products and services: evaluation, recommending/ selecting vendors, determining requirements, determining the business need, approval/authorization or selling internally. Additionally, the majority of questions were completed by more than 750 respondents have already deployed or plan to deploy big data initiatives.

To receive the complete study results contact Sue Yanovitch at syanovitch@idgenterprise.com.

About IDG Enterprise

IDG Enterprise, an International Data Group (IDG) company, brings together the leading editorial brands (Computerworld, InfoWorld, Network World, CIO, CSO, ITworld, CFOworld and CITEworld) to serve the information needs of our technology and security-focused audiences.  As the premier hi-tech B2B media company, we leverage the strengths of our premium owned and operated brands, while simultaneously harnessing their collective reach and audience affinity. We provide market leadership and converged marketing solutions for our customers to engage IT and security decision-makers across our portfolio of award-winning websites, events, magazines, products and services. In addition, the CIO Executive Council—a peer advisory service—delivers on the business, technology, and leadership needs for the world’s elite CIOs and their respective staffs. IDG’s DEMO conferences provide a platform for today’s most innovative and eye-opening technologies to publically launch their solutions.

Company information is available at www.idgenterprise.com.

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