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The 2017 Big Data 100

Rick Whiting

Spending for big data and business analytics technology and services will surge from $130.1 billion in 2016 to $203 million in 2020, a compound annual growth rate of 11.7 percent, according to market researcher IDC.

That growth has spurred a vibrant big data technology industry with both established vendors and startups developing innovative technology to capture, integrate, manage and analyze the increasingly huge volumes of data businesses are wrestling to derive value from today.

The CRN editorial team has created the fifth annual Big Data 100 list, identifying vendors that have demonstrated an ability to innovate in bringing to market products and services that help business work with big data.

To help solution providers identify the right vendors to partner with to meet their customers' needs, the Big Data 100 is divided into four categories:

Business Analytics
Companies offering everything from simple-to-use reporting and visualization tools to advanced analytics and data science platforms for tackling the most complex data analysis tasks.

Data Management Technologies
Companies offering everything from next-generation database software to advanced data integration and preparation tools.

Big Data Platforms
Companies with on-premise and cloud systems for building and operating big data systems, including data warehouses and data lakes.

Data Protection and Security Analytics
Data Protection and Security Analytics – Companies developing big data software that use analytics and other techniques to protect and secure data from misuse and attacks.

Coolest Emerging Big Data Vendors
The CRN Big Data 100 list includes emerging developers of big data technologies.

Rick Whiting

Rick Whiting has been with CRN since 2006 and is currently a feature/special projects editor. Whiting manages a number of CRN’s signature annual editorial projects including Channel Chiefs, Partner Program Guide, Big Data 100, Emerging Vendors, Tech Innovators and Products of the Year. He also covers the Big Data beat for CRN. He can be reached at

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