Big Data is Falling into the Trough of Disillusionment

Gartner Research Director uses the technology maturity curve to argue that Big Data is already falling into the trough of disillusionment. Many of her clients most advanced with Hadoop are getting disillusioned.

Gartner Blogs, by Svetlana Sicular, Gartner Research Director, Jan 22, 2014

My presentation on big data for the upcoming BI Summit in Barcelona is obsolete. In this presentation, I use the Gartner Hype Cycle curve to show that big data is at the peak of inflated expectations. And, as it happens with quickly developing technologies, I am already behind and big data goes ahead.

Last several weeks show that big data is falling into the trough of disillusionment. I realized it earlier today, when I was describing a recent Elephant Riders meetup to my colleagues at Gartner. MapR, HortonWorks and Cloudera were debating the state of Hadoop. And I heard from the very core of the Hadoop movement that MapReduce has always been Hadoop's bottleneck or that Hadoop is "primitive and old-fashioned." This is the video of the event. If you watch it, you can notice more points, which signal the beginning of disillusionment (and get a lot of useful information too). Congratulations, big data technology is maturing fast!

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Gregory PS: another article about coming disappointment of Big Data is The Empty Promise Of Big Data, by Ron Shevlin, Senior Analyst with Aite Group.

Recent KDnuggets Poll What will replace Big Data? estimated that the term "Big Data" will go out fashion in 2014, so perhaps we are seeing the first signs of that.