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5 Disruptive Trends That Will Shape Big Data, Hadoop, and Cloud Storage in 2016

The tinsel is hung, Cyber Monday has come and gone, and hopefully you’ve decided whom to lure under the mistletoe. Instead of sneaking a peek at the gifts your loving family has invested in (yeah, maybe another tie, stick with us), let’s take a look at what’s up for 2016 in the world of Big Data, Hadoop, cloud storage, and other tech trends.

1. The Consumer Side of the IoT

Look for more connected devices to walk the red carpet this year, including health-related devices, drones and other vehicles, and more.

The IoT is going mainstream next year. No, the smart watch might not have soared like the iPhone or Samsung Galaxy have, but connected devices are definitely the next big thing. Look for the consumer side of the IoT to evolve beyond Fitbits and smart thermostats. Businesses will find new ways to connect with their consumers, gather data, and up the ante for the customer experience.

2. The Industrial Side of the IoT

The IoT is actually a bigger player within industry than it is on the consumer side. The trend in manufacturing, for example, is automation with a side dish of big data delivered via connected sensors and monitors. Industries are finding new ways to use the IoT and the data it produces, building data lakes and leveraging tools like Hadoop. Look for industries to find more ways to improve operations, business intelligence, manufacturing processes, logistics, and more.

3. The Field of Big Data Tools Becomes Clearer

As big data and analytics take over—well, everything—look for languages like Java and COBOL to continue to decline, while others (primarily R, Python, SQL, SAS, etc.) to take off. Java just can’t provide the level of security demanded by big data operations, which lean heavily on sensitive proprietary and consumer information. While a large portion of legacy systems used in financial institutions remain on mainframes in COBOL, most of the new development (in other words, most of the jobs that become available) will be in the newer languages relative to big data, Hadoop, Pig, Hive, etc. Look for 2016 to be a year in which the selection of big data tools thins out, as some big data and analytics vendors are able to perfect their product and others are gobbled up or driven out entirely.

4. Pay-as-You-Go Becomes the De Facto Business Model

The business model trending next year will be subscription based. Look for more industries and companies to find ways for customers to ‘pay as you go’ as opposed to the typical buy-it-and-forget-it model of sales.

‘aaS’ (as a Service) is not just for software. The model used for Windows 10 is being examined for a wide variety of applications that have nothing to do with software or computers or IT infrastructure. For example, what if farmers paid for products like fertilizer and livestock based on their continued value on the farm, not the perceived value at market? A wide range of industries are examining and testing the waters for the aaS model of doing business, with varying results.

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