The software, hardware, and professional services markets for big data are still in formative stages – with many less-than-optimal solutions forming an uncertain space for users and vendors. Leadership is still evolving. To deliver big data solutions that provide significant business impacts, users need to rely on specialized tools from specialized providers, employees with varying levels of tool and analytic competence, and vendor partners that don’t always share each other’s goals. While the market will grow rapidly over the next few years, current market conditions, including current market share, will help impact future winners. See the companion Wikibon report Wikibon 2016 – 2026 Worldwide Big Data Market Forecast for the market development roadmap for the next decade.