CIOs see 'limited skills' as biggest barrier to Big data ROI

While Big data and Hadoop are popular buzzwords, most companies are uncertain about how and when to implement these technologies, claimed a joint study conducted by SnapLogic and TechValidate. “There is still a great deal of enterprise IT uncertainty when it comes to which Hadoop distributions and tools to use,” the study reported.

The study, based on a survey of 100 IT leaders from large enterprises, highlighted that IT leaders are excited about Big data’s ability to power sharper analytics and other modern applications, but struggle with limited skills and resources.

The survey also found that Big data integration technologies were right up there with analytics as the top priority investment. Top drivers for investing in Big data solutions include customer analytics (52 percent), operational analytics (40 percent), data-driven products and services/Internet of Things (38 percent).

 CIOs see limited skills as biggest barrier to Big data ROI


Most (52 percent) respondents said it’s too soon to say how Big data investments will work with existing data management infrastructure in the next three to five years.

While data fragmentation is high on the list, the usual suspects were rated as the biggest barriers to big data ROI: limited skills and resources (42 percent), compliance and security (41 percent), and data fragmentation (34 percent).

The majority of respondents said they didn’t know the percentage of corporate data infrastructure that will be in the cloud in the next 3-5 years, while 15 percent said 31-60 percent would be in the cloud and 13 percent said 61-99 percent.

While the majority said they didn’t know what Hadoop tool was in use or for planned use, others are using (or plan to use) MapReduce, Hive, Pig, Spark and others.

Again, the majority indicated they didn’t know of Hadoop distribution in use or for planned use but others are using (or plan to use) Apache Hadoop, Cloudera, MapR and Hortonworks.

“Our survey shows there’s a good bit of indecision right now when it comes to Big data plans and technologies. At the same time, the results show strong interest for using Big data to achieve business goals, using integration data sets to quickly understand a customer’s changing needs,” said Darren Cunningham, vice president of marketing at SnapLogic.

Updated Date: Feb 18, 2015 16:29:17 IST