Big Data is an ecosystem in which the open-source approaches have the greatest momentum: the most widespread adoption and the most feverish innovation. Open-source platforms are expanding their footprint in advanced analytics.

As the enterprise Hadoop market continues to mature and many companies deploy their clusters for the most demanding analytical challenges, data scientists will begin to migrate toward this new, open source-centric platform. At the same time, enterprise adoption of the open-source R language will grow in 2012 and beyond, and we’ll see greater industry convergence between Hadoop and R, especially as analytics tool vendors integrate both technologies tightly into their offerings. We will also see increasing adoption of open-source data integration tools, such as those commercialized by Talend and others, and of open-source BI tools, from Pentaho, Jaspersoft, and others.

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