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Here's What to Expect with Big Data as We Enter 2021 Markus Winkler

Big data has made a big impact and has grown exponentially ever since it made its way into the world of tech, and there is no sign of stagnating any time soon. Research predicts that big data will reach 163 zettabytes (163 trillion gigabytes) by 2025. Wondering about the size of one zettabyte? It is roughly about 2 billion years’ worth of music. The growth in the use of big data is enhanced by various factors, some of which include increased web search requests, the proliferation of media files, and the increased number of online transactions. Also, the rise in the number of IoT devices and sensors is another key driver.

Here are some predictions of what should be expected in big data as we enter 2021.

  1. Data volumes will keep rising

As devices and online activities keep increasing, most experts agree that the amount generated will keep growing in the future.  According to a forecast by Seagate, IDC, the global datasphere will amount to more than 175 zettabytes by 2025. Experts are convinced that with the rising number of internet users and the shift of almost everything to online ranging from business communication, social networking, and shopping, there will be a rapid growth of data that is exchanged between devices.

As the number of connected devices and embedded systems that generate, gather, and share data analytics every day keeps rising worldwide, enterprises will get the opportunity to store and analyze large volumes of data. The storage challenge will force many organizations and individuals to move to the cloud.

  1. Natural Language Processing (NLP) will be used to retrieve information

As big data continue growing, advanced methods of retrieving information will be required to speed up the process. The most likely tool for information retrieval in big data repositories will be the natural language processing, that is instantaneous. People will query the system using normal human language, and the system will answer in similar language with charts that are auto-generated whenever applicable.

  1. Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS) providers will embrace big data

As we go into 2021, expect DBaaS service providers to embrace big data analytics solutions. This will help them as they try their best to adapt to serving the fast-growing needs of the client. By adopting big data analytics solutions into their platforms, DBaaS providers will make it easy for them to host and manage data and will also enable them to harness it. Expect to see more technologies such as Elastisearch that allow developers to manage their data in real-time.

  1. Demand for data scientists and CDOs will increase

Data Scientists and Chief Data Officers (CDOs) are relatively new and in high demand already. As data volume continues rising and organizations keep moving to big data and cloud platforms to leverage on data to make decisions for their businesses, the gap between the need and the availability of these professionals is already wide. As we enter 2021, the demand for big data professionals will keep rising, and the pay for these professionals will increase as companies try to lure them.

  1. Privacy will remain a hot topic

Data security and privacy have always been a source of concern in the current world. With the growing data volumes, there will be more challenges in protecting data from intrusions and cyberattacks. Levels of data protection that exist do not keep up with the growth in rates of data. The reasons behind this include the security skill gap, evolution of cyberattacks, and failure to adhere to security standards. As companies migrate to the cloud, there will be more discussion on how data can be secured.

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Scott Koegler

Scott Koegler is Executive Editor for Big Data & Analytics Tech Brief

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