Hadoop, the open source big data technology, will be used for analytics and surfacing SQL database queries in 2015 and spark an enterprise rush, according to Forrester Research.
In a report, Forrester analyst Mike Gualtier predicted that 2015 will be the year of Hadoop in corporations. Hadoop, best known as a way to crunch big data, will expand into other enterprise applications and push more CXOs on the bandwagon.
Forrester believes that Hadoop is a must-have for large enterprises, forming the cornerstone of any flexible future data platform needed in the age of the customer. But, we also believe that Hadoop is becoming more than just a data platform. Given its economics, performance and flexibility, Hadoop will become an essential piece of every company’s business technology (BT) agenda. Application development and delivery professionals will build smart applications on Hadoop that not only use analytics, but also become an integral part of many of their applications.
The primary argument for Hadoop being huge in business for 2015 is economics. Forrester noted that "Hadooponomics" will make adoption mandatory because Hadoop is simply a cheaper way to form data lakes and conduct analytics queries. Hadoop can scale storage and processing and leverage the cloud.
As for the killer app, SQL on Hadoop, a hot area, will become the norm. SQL in and on Hadoop will give enterprises the ability to mine both structured and unstructured data. SQL is also the glue that binds analytics, business intelligence and corporate data.
Now Hadoop isn't specialized enough today, but enterprise vendors ranging from Teradata to IBM to Oracle and Microsoft will close the gap. Forrester speculates that Hadoop will be included as an option in Red Hat, VMware and Microsoft operating systems.
However, that rush to Hadoop will result in a bevy of new distribution from Oracle, SAP and Tibco. IBM and Pivotal already have a Hadoop distribution. Cloudera and Hortonworks are the pure plays on Hadoop distributions.