The industry for big data is changing at a rapid pace, especially with the increased use of cloud solutions and backups, and there are a number of possible trends that could very well become reality in 2015. Regardless of which trends do take off and which ones don’t, one thing is clear: big data is becoming more and more accessible as the years go by, and that will remain true at least for the foreseeable future. Let’s have a look at five of the trends that could contribute to that in the coming year.
1. Non-data scientists
It’s rare to find a big data pro that has a PhD or even a degree in computer science. However, given the industry’s rapid growth, you’ll begin to see professionals from a number of different backgrounds joining up with big data teams. The automated platforms will decrease the need to rely on coding because they will simply do both data collection and analysis. The result will be that the industry becomes more accessible to a wider range of skill sets. Seeing a scientist with a BSc or higher degree join a data team might not be as far-fetched as you might think.
2. The Internet of Things
The core of the Internet of Things (IoT) has always been big data. There are more and more things becoming connected, such as 3D printers, thermostats, home appliances, and more. As big data grows and as the IoT grows with it, devices like these will become more prevalent and more useful.
3. Big data self-service
Analytics software is becoming much easier to use these days, and more companies are taking the time to educate their employees, at least on basic techniques. For these reasons, 2015 looks to be the year of widely accessible big data. People won’t be wondering about some mystery activity that spits out conclusions they don’t know the origins of. People will better understand where that data comes from, and they will also better understand how they can manipulate it. If they are given the proper tools, anyone could have the ability to have their own insights and draw their own conclusions. In 2015, they’ll be able to do more for themselves without having to rely so heavily on IT services.