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Is There a Place for Big Data in SMB Markets?

Is Big Data destined only for the top 3,000 companies worldwide?

Is Big Data destined for only the top 3,000 companies worldwide? What about medium or small companies who are equally as data-driven? Is there a place for Big Data in SMB markets? When I talk to SMB companies about their use of public cloud services, it’s a no-brainer. Pay as you go, lower costs upfront, quick time-to-market. With private and public cloud solutions, both big and small companies benefit.

So what about big data platforms? Is there an equivalent opportunity, or is Big Data only suited for Big Companies with Big Problems?

I think Big Data applies to all, and here’s why.


When I first started working on Teradata’s next-generation switch fabric, the BYNET, back in the early 90s, Teradata was around $250M in revenue (now over $2B). The concept of decision support systems (DSS) evolved into data warehousing and grew to become the largest pool of enterprise data (Big Data) for those enterprises who had  a large enough business to create meaningful amounts of data, and who had the money to invest in their data infrastructure.

Operational systems, known as online transaction processing systems (OLTP), were built on top of smaller data infrastructure powering transaction-oriented applications. Oracle owns this space much like Teradata owns the data warehousing space. Unlike the DSS/Data warehouse space, smaller companies benefited from the use of these operational systems, much like their larger competition.

Analytic Appliance Era

Then enters the era of analytic appliances. In the mid-1990s I became involved in an effort to lead in-database analytics (powering further innovations in OLAP and Data Mining). With the vision of pushing the analysis of the data closer to the data itself, many followed suit and companies like NetezzaGreenplumParAccelAsterDataKickfireVertica, and others entered the market, addressing the need to provide rapid analysis of data volumes scaling into petabytes. The key words here are “rapid” (or real-time), “analysis” (or analytics), and “petabytes” (big data).

Why didn’t the incumbents like Teradata and Oracle sieze the opportunity here? Lots of reasons…politics, the inability to respond quickly to changing market dynamics, etc.

Big Data Era

A number of things led to the creation/adoption of the Hadoop/MapReduce framework – one of those including the need to have a frictionless data playground where data scientists could simple investigate…discover.

Given birth by the large-scale early adopters such as Google and Yahoo!, Hadoop /MR is now well-positioned to address the needs of medium and small-sized companies.

I argue that we will see the following evolution of Big Data technologies which originated from the large web-scale companies like Yahoo!, Linkedin, Twitter, and the like:

  • Hardening of the Hadoop ecosystem
  • Broad integration with existing toolsets (e.g. BI)
  • Real-time enablement
  • Further cloud-enablement
  • Clear application use-cases / offerings across verticals

This is an obvious exaggeration to emphasize my point that we may see a shift of dollars to new emerging players. But more importantly, the pie will grow to include the creation of new data infrastructure market share for SMBs due to the innovations in the Big Data space.

Companies like Teradata will benefit from new revenues from acquisitions like AsterData, and integration with Hadoop. Companies like Oracle will also benefit from integration with Hadoop.

However, the potentially larger opportunity will be for new startups who are not tied purely to the needs of the Fortune 3,000 and can quickly tap into the burgeoning market of smaller companies seeking data analytics solutions.

New players who can appreciate the needs of these smaller clients and leverage the product of Silicon Valley’s large web-scale companies (build on commodity hardware and open source software) will be able capture a large, growing, untapped, data-driven market.

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Jim Kaskade is Vice President and General Manager, Big Data & Analytics, at CSC. Prior to that he was CEO of Infochimps. Before that he served as SVP and General Manager at SIOS Technology, a publicly traded firm in Japan, where he led a business unit focused on developing private cloud Platform as a Service targeted for Fortune 500 enterprises. He has been heavily involved in all aspects of cloud, meeting with prominent CIOs, CISOs, datacenter architects of Fortune 100 companies to better understand their cloud computing needs. He also has hands-on cloud domain knowledge from his experience as founder and CEO of a SaaS company, which secured the digital media assets of over 10,000 businesses including Fortune 100 customers such as Lucasfilm, the NBA, Sony BMG, News Corp, Viacom, and IAC. Kaskade is also one of the Top 100 bloggers on Cloud Computing selected by the Cloud Computing Journal.

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