If you think ‘big data’ is already exploding, prepare to ‘hold on to your hat’ in 2016!
The team at import.io gathered an interesting collection of predictions for 2016 from a bunch of data experts – we’ve all got a big year ahead of us.
The Microsoft Excel of Big Data
What stood out to me the most from the predictions was an expected explosion in ‘self-service’ data analysis.
Currently ‘big data’ is #toohard for most people – it looks like something you need to invest a lot of time and money in. But the predictions for 2016 are that companies will move past the experimental phase (suitable mainly for early adopters) and focus on easy-to-use analysis tools that help people with specific issues.
The introduction of user-friendly spreadsheet software in the 1970/80s was ground-breaking as it meant anyone could do evidence gathering and analysis more intelligently and a lot faster. An introduction of user-friendly self-service big data tools in 2016 will have the same ground-breaking effect, but at a whole new level.