IBM is a leader in the Forrester Wave™: Big Data Hadoop Cloud Solutions, Q2 2016

Content Marketing Manager, Data Science, IBM Analytics, IBM

Forrester Research, Inc. has just released the Forrester Wave for Big Data Hadoop Cloud Solutions. IBM placed in the leaders category with IBM BigInsights on Cloud.

Hadoop was a groundbreaking technology that transformed the way organizations dealt with big data. According to enterprises surveyed in Forrester’s Global Business Technographics Data And Analytics Survey, 2015, 40 percent of enterprises have already added Hadoop to their mix of technologies supporting data warehousing and business intelligence, and 20 percent plan to do so by the end of 2016. Hadoop has grown and evolved since its inception 10 years ago, and with the explosion of open source data and analytics tools, the Hadoop ecosystem has rapidly expanded. As the technology continues to mature, organizations are increasingly interested in off-premises deployment options to augment their systems architecture, just as they do for any other data management technology such as databases. 

Cloud and managed services for Hadoop can help accelerate time-to-value of certain big data projects. Businesses want to deliver a seamless hybrid implementation across on-prem and cloud for data ingest, high availability and disaster recovery. In The Forrester Wave™: Big Data Hadoop Cloud Solutions, Q1 2016, it's noted that over half of the respondents will increase their big data cloud investment by at least 5 to 10 percent.

Benefits of Hadoop in the cloud

With 57 percent of respondents expecting to increase their usage of Hadoop in the cloud in the next year, why should you do Hadoop in the cloud? Customers are looking for speed, automation, and cost savings, and beyond performance or resource requirements, they need a platform that enables more advanced analytic solutions. There are many benefits to adopting Hadoop in the cloud and The Forrester Wave mentions a few of them including: 

  1. Delivering a Self Service Analytics Platform
  2. Enabling Faster Advanced Analytics
  3. Scaling Based on Needs

IBM is a leader in Hadoop cloud solutions 

So how do you evaluate which Hadoop cloud solution is right for your business? Forrester assessed the Hadoop Cloud solution landscape and named leaders across three evaluation criteria: current offering, strategy and market presence. IBM is a leader in the The Forrester Wave™: Big Data Hadoop Cloud Solutions, Q1 2016.  

"IBM BigInsights is more than a Hadoop-as-a-service; it's an end-to-end analytical cloud platform."  

IBM's Hadoop Cloud solution, BigInsights on Cloud, can be deployed on any of the 17 IBM's Global Data Centers. 

IBM BigInsights on Cloud offers the most complete set of tooling for analytics on Hadoop. With IBM BigSQL for queries over structured data, Big R and Machine Learning for Big R for statistical analysis, and Text Analytics for analytics on unstructured data, clients can extract insight from data at scale, with speed and efficiency.  

Clients see the benefits of IBM BigInsights on Cloud

Municipal Parking Services of Boston, Massachusetts is harnessing the power of Hadoop to make parking easier for consumers, and easier to enforce for cities. MPS has connected devices that help drivers find, park and pay for available spots. These meters provide information about the local area, and use cameras and sensors to capture evidence of infringements. MPS wanted to analyze data from these meters to develop smarter parking services, but the sheer volume of data, including 18,000 sessions a day, made this difficult to achieve.

“IBM BigInsights allows us to really dig deeper into big data, combining the power and flexibility of Hadoop with enterprise-class tools like dashboards and text analytics”, says Anand Mahurkar, CEO and Founder, Findability Sciences. 

MPS deployed the Findability Platform, a sophisticated reporting and analytics solution developed by Findability Sciences and powered by IBM BigInsights. Findability runs in the cloud on IBM SoftLayer and analyzes masses of data not just from MPS’s army of intelligent parking meters, but also from external sources such as the weather and local traffic patterns. More importantly, the growing amount of data they can produce offers unprecedented value and insights. 

Learn more about how IBM BigInsights on Cloud is a leader in The Forrester Wave™: Big Data Hadoop Cloud Solutions, Q1 2016, and how you can get started today. Also check out this infographic on the advantages to Hadoop on the cloud.