In Pictures: 10 Big Data Trends Changing the Face of Business

Big data is slowly but surely changing the way companies do business. Here's a look at 10 trends shaping big data and the future of business.

There's an Explosion of Innovation Built on Open Source Big Data Tools From an open source core, companies are building an array of big data platform technologies, tools and components. "The open source core of big data continues to be the center of the action," says Ron Bodkin, CEO and founder of Think Big. "It's fundamentally being driven by the open source model, but the innovation is around the organizations that are taking the open source components and pushing it forward."

More vendors are providing tools to ease the pain of implementing big data solutions, including General Electric, which is providing tools to help manufacturers harness their data, to Microsoft, which is working closely with Hadoop distribution provider Hortonworks to help business users and analysts access big data sets through Excel.

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