Survey: Big Data, 2014

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Big Data is getting even bigger, according to the results of a recent IDG Enterprise survey of over 750 IT decision makers. Nearly half of respondents say they're implementing big data projects, or are planning to. This represents a 5% increase over last year.

More than 20% report that their projects have already improved both the quality and speed of decision-making, and 59% said that improving decision-making quality was the top goal for these projects. Some 53% deemed making quicker decisions the primary driver.

That's not to say these projects are without challenges. Nearly 40% cited the skill shortage -- finding the right people -- as a top challenge to their big data initiatives, an issue that stayed the same across all sizes of company. Only 18% currently employ a data scientist, but 27% said they plan to hire for the position over the next 12 to 18 months.

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