Professional Services Play An Integral Role in Big Data…

Big Data is applicable to virtually all vertical markets, and the technologies that make up the emerging Big Data stack are diverse. But one thing most Big Data practitioners have in common is their employment of firms to help navigate the journey to maturity.

Wikibon recently surveyed 303 Big Data practitioners (all management to C-level professionals) to better understand the state of Big Data deployments in the enterprise. Survey participants were asked if their enterprises employ outside professional services consultants to help “architect, deploy or run Big Data analytics projects.” More than 70% replied in the affirmative. Less than a quarter of respondents indicated their enterprises do not engage professional services for Big Data analytics projects (See Figure 1.)

These findings are in line with Wikibon’s Big Data market analysis. Professional services-related Big Data revenue topped $7.3 billion in 2013, which represents 40% of the overall Big Data market. Big Data professional services revenue is forecast to top $10 billion this year. Comparatively, Big Data software revenue, including and NoSQL, stood at $4.1 billion for 2013, or 22% of the overall Big Data market.

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