Every year, a wide array of big data companies send me their executives’ predictions for the upcoming year. It’s fun to compile them, then read through them, and see what everyone has to say. There’s fodder for heckling as some of the predictions are in outright contradiction of each other, and there’s ample opportunity for over-confident analysis when two or more predictions corroborate each other.
What I prefer to do, though, is look for themes that tie the predictions together and provide some taxonomy for understanding the full range of them. That way, even those items that seem contradictory at a superficial level can together shed light at a deeper level, and some consensus can emerge. And
even if the consensus predictions may end up being incorrect, we nonetheless get a composite view of what leaders in the industry are thinking and what trends will likely result.
Here’s a roundup of annual predictions from around the big data industry. Key themes include artificial intelligence/machine learning, cloud adoption, demand for data scientists, and the growing importance of the Internet of Things.