Big Data has become big news almost overnight, and there are no signs that interest is waning. In fact, several indicators suggest executive attention will climb even higher. Over the last three years, few business topics have been mentioned in the media and researched as extensively as Big Data. Hundreds of articles have appeared in the general business press (for example, Forbes, Fortune, Bloomberg Business Week, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist), technology publications and industry journals, and more seem to be written by the day. A March 2013 search on Amazon.com surfaces more than 250 books, articles and e-books on the topic, most of them published in the last three years.
Dozens of studies have been conducted on Big Data as well, and every week another one appears. Most of the big consulting firms and IT services companies have weighed in, as well as (of course) the technology research community: Gartner, Forrester, IDC and many of the rest. And the number of times the seven letters Big Data have been clicked into a Google search has exploded in the last three years. The term saw relatively little usage in online searches in the first half of 2010. And this Google Trend information shows Big Data was of particularly keen interest in certain countries: India, South Korea, the U.S., Australia, Canada, Western Europe, and Brazil.