Big data analytics remains one of the fastest growing segments of the IT industry with market researcher Wikibon predicting that the worldwide market for big data analytics hardware, software and services will nearly double from $27.4 billion last year to $50 billion in 2018.
Sales for visual data discovery tools are exploding. And it seems that hardly a day passes without some new Hadoop-related software or cloud-based analytics application being introduced. We're also seeing interesting trends as big data analytics technology is applied to IT security and tools for analyzing the huge volumes of data generated by Internet-of-Things devices begin to hit the market.
Here's 10 big data products that debuted in the first half of this year that caught our attention.
Tableau launched this major release of its visual analysis software in April with faster performance and a new "analytics-in-the flow" capability that lets users stay focused on their analytical tasks rather than writing new calculations or preparing data. The application's Smart Maps are faster and more responsive while the new auto data preparation feature helps clean up messy data.