In a previous article, I gave my view of why the programming-framework is here to stay, and how its momentum is driving acceptance in the enterprise as investment in modern data platforms continues to swell. In this piece, I’ll drill down into specifics of how Hadoop can be used as a valuable business intelligence tool for enterprise organizations.

Enterprise big data implementations are estimated to be a $38.4 billion market this year(1), but despite increased IT spending, the majority of Hadoop big data projects are still in the development lab. Even highly technical organizations frequently have to develop in-house solutions in order to make Hadoop valuable(2). Enterprise data is going into the Hadoop data lake but organizations are often not generating value from it. That’s a challenge that organizations need to get ahead of, as Gartner predicts that “by 2017 most business users and analysts in organizations will have access to self-service tools to prepare data for analysis” as power shifts from IT to business analysts(3). Companies that are able to create more widespread access to the power of Hadoop across their organizations stand to reap huge gains.

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