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10 Jan 2018

First-ever IDC Asia/Pacific Big Data and Analytics Platform 2017 Vendor Analysis identifies the ‘Leaders’ and “Major Players” in the Market

SINGAPORE, January 11th, 2018 - IDC Asia/Pacific just released its first-ever IDC MarketScape for Asia/Pacific Big Data and Analytics Platform 2017 Vendor Assessment, where it names Splunk and IBM as the “Leaders” of the pack. The report assesses the Big Data and Analytics (BDA) solutions available in the market among 11 top global vendors with a presence in Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) and identifies their strengths and challenges. A comprehensive framework is used to evaluate the various capabilities of the vendors big data and analytics solutions, ranging from big data management, integration platforms, and analytics tools to cognitive/AI software capabilities.

"Big data and analytics is one of the most common activities undertaken by organizations as they transform digitally. The results of this study confirm the extent at which vendors are spreading the coverage of their solutions within the lifecycle of a BDA project and are provisioning for demand for cognitive/AI solutions," says Kar Leong Tew, Research Manager of IDC’s Asia/Pacific BDA and Cognitive/AI team. "The leaders are organizations that have both established their brand and identity within this space and are effective at increasing their range of solutions in the market."

The ‘Leaders’ in APeJ for BDA solutions are facing an increasing number of Challengers. For example, the gap between Leaders and Major Players such as SAS, Oracle and Fusionex is narrow and can be easily overcome given the fast-paced advances in the BDA solutions offered in the market. Furthermore, opportunities in this space continues to grow rapidly as the market matures in its understanding of big data possibilities and how these solutions can be applied into real-life work environments to improve business processes.

The vendor inclusion list for this study began with the global players that provide solutions and offerings across the life cycle (extract, transform, and load [ETL], ingestion, analysis, prediction, and visualization) of any BDA project. This list is then further augmented with vendors that are specific to Asia/Pacific. A total of 11 vendors from the region participated in this study namely:

1. Splunk

2. IBM

3. Qlik

4. Oracle

5. SAS

6. Hortonworks

7. Cloudera

8. MapR

9. The Information Bus Company (TIBCO Software)

10. Fusionex

11. Pentaho (rebranded as Hitachi Vantara in September 2017)

This research also provides an analysis of each vendor within areas of solution utilization, solution ubiquity and solution intelligence and how they can help organizations stay focused on core capabilities, including performance, governance, usability, localization, and customization as well as be prepared to foray into leveraging their data for increased utilization, ubiquity and intelligence.

Tew adds, “Analytical solutions are commonly deployed in silos where results and data are not shared between business units or within teams. This trend would change soon as organizations mature in their execution of BDA solutions and a more collaborative approach would be undertaken eventually leading towards a solution driven by cognitive/AI models. Thus, the assessment of the vendors focused on their readiness against analytical solutions across Line of Business (LOBs) and their strategy to support their clients in developing their cognitive/AI capabilities. The leaders exhibited strong performances in this aspect while the above-mentioned ’major players’ follow closely behind.”

The BDA market is growing, and although vendors are pulling ahead in the race to dominate and establish themselves in the market, the race is far from over. Trends that are driving the growth of this market involve:

  • The increased demand for predictive and prescriptive analytics to increase process automation and boost productivity
  • Emergence of new intelligent systems with an embedded decision architecture that automatically learns and makes decisions on how to respond
  • Growing availability of curated data and data-as-a-service application programming interface (API) service that effectively connects business processes previously running in silo

Currently, the possibilities with BDA solutions are still rapidly growing, and vendors are positioning themselves along different spectrum of the market. This, in turn, represents the huge potential ahead, and major decisions would be made by IT and LOB decisions makers on their solution adoption consider more than just a single use case within their respective business units.

The full 2017 BDA platform vendor analysis is detailed in IDC MarketScape: Asia/Pacific Big Data and Analytics Platform 2017 Vendor Analysis (Doc #AP43189817). For more information on this IDC document, please contact Kar Leong Tew For media inquiries, contact Tessa Rago or Alvin Afuang


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Kar Leong Tew
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Alvin Afuang
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