Almost three-quarters of respondents to a survey by Gartner Inc. said they have or plan to invest in big data technologies in the next 24 months, compared to 64 percent in last year. The number of respondents who said they had no plans for big data investments declined to 24 percent from 31 percent last year.

"Big data investment continues to be led by North America, with 47 percent of organizations reporting investment, up from 37.8 percent in 2013," said Nick Heudecker, research director at Gartner. "All other regions experienced increases in investment over the last year."

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