Top 10 Big Data Companies by Revenue

IBM, HP, Dell, and SAP lead the list of Big Data companies with the most revenue from big data hardware, software, and IT services.

Which Big Data companies generate the most revenues? Wikibon analyzed the market based on sales from Big Data hardware, software and related IT services.

  1. IBM: Although its overall revenues have been flat or declined for 10 consecutive quarters (as of November 2014), IBM has momentum in the Big Data market -- generating $1.37 billion in revenues for 2013, Wikibon estimates. Those revenues were split across hardware (31 percent), software (27 percent) and services (42 percent). Eager to potentially accelerate those Big Data revenues, IBM in late 2014 said it was expanding cloud-focused releases of Cognos while also working more closely with Watson-focused software developers.
  2. Hewlett-Packard Co. generated $869 million in Big Data revenues for 2013, but big chunks of that came from IT services (44 percent) and hardware (42 percent) -- with software (14 percent) also starting to generate some momentum.
    HP in 2014 announced plans to break itself into two companies -- one focused on the enterprise and the other focused on PCs and printers. The result could help HP's enterprise business to sharpen its Big Data focus even more - thanks to offerings like HP HAVEn, HP Object Storage Solutions, and converged solutions for Microsoft, SAP and SAS software.
  3. Hardware still drives the bulk of Dell's revenues. But a lot of those Dell server and data center hardware sales support Big Data applications. In fact, Dell generated $652 million from Big Data-related sales in 2013; 85 percent of the revenues involved hardware sales and 15 percent involved consulting services.
    By November 2014, Dell was beta testing the Dell Cloud Marketplace -- an online mall where customers can choose from a range of SaaS and IaaS offerings. No doubt, third-party Big Data applications will surface in the online mall once it is generally released.
  4. SAP continues to accelerate its Big Data business -- with a heavy emphasis on the SAP HANA technology. The company's 2013 Big Data revenues totaled $545 million -- 76 percent from software, 24 percent from consulting services, according to Wikibon.
    As of October 2014, SAP says it had more than 4,100 HANA customers, and more than 1,450 Business Suite on HANA customers.
  5. Spun off from NCR in 2007, Teradata is perhaps best known for its data warehousing business. But don't overlook the company's Big Data push, where 2013 revenues topped $518 million across hardware (36 percent), software (30 percent) and IT services (34 percent).
    Teradata's latest move -- launched in Oct. 2014 -- involves Connection Analytics, which supports data-driven analytics for discovering relationships and influences between people, products, and processes.
  6. Best known for its database and applications businesses, Oracle Corp. also enjoys fast growth in the Big Data market. The company's Big Data revenues were $491 million in 2013 -- and they weren't just from software. Twenty-eight percent came from hardware; 37 percent from software; and 36 percent from IT services, Wikibon estimates.

    During the Oracle OpenWorld 2014 conference, Big Data took central stage as Oracle vowed to continue enhancing its cloud and on-premises offerings.
  7. One of the most successful names in business analytics and business intelligence, SAS Institute generated $480 million in Big Data revenues for 2013, Wikibon estimates. Sixty-eight percent of the revenues came from software, and 32 percent from services. Overall revenues at the privately held company topped $3 billion for 2013, SAS disclosed.
  8. Founded in 2014, Palantir builds software that connects data, technologies, humans and environments. For 2013, Big Data revenues topped $418 million -- with a 50-50 split between software and services, according to Wikibon. Key customers include the SEC, which hired Palantir to help the government analyze data to find terrorists, and to help it uncover illegal trading activity.
  9. Accenture has a healthy mix of Big Data revenues -- 50 percent of which come from software, and 50 percent from consulting, according to Wikibon. The total haul for 2013: $415 million in Big Data revenues. Key partners include Microsoft and the Avanade relationship; Oracle; and SAP.
  10. PWC, part of the PriceWaterhouseCoopers business, generated $312 million from Big Data revenues in 2013. All of that revenue involved consulting services. The opportunities should continue strong, considering 41 percent of PWC's customers are concerned about Big Data overload, according to a 2014 survey.