IT services supplier CSC has acquired start-up big data software platform provider Infochimps to speed up the development of its own data service platform.
The acquisition gives CSC a software platform, as well as data and analytics professionals and engineers.
“Infochimps’ expertise in building industrial-strength data platforms on open source technologies will advance CSC’s big data capabilities significantly,” said Sashi Reddi, vice-president and general manager for big data and analytics at CSC.
CSC said its customers are demanding deep analytics and real-time correlation through a cloud-based service.
Big data service outsourcing could be worth $96.9bn in 2016, according to Tom Pringle, principal analyst at Pringle and Company, which has done research about this.
In a blog written for Computer weekly’s Investigating Outsourcing, Pringle said: "Our latest analysis of the business intelligence (BI) marketplace reveals a strong and rapidly growing market for IT services, as demand for insights derived from the ever-increasing volume of data dramatically increases.
“Growing at over 15%, the global market for these services will nearly double over the next four years, from an estimated $54.9bn in 2012 to $96.9bn in 2016. The overall market is in rude health; we estimate that BI software and services combined are worth some $79bn in 2012 and will grow at 16% to reach $143.3bn in 2016.”
Analytics forms a core part of what many suppliers refer to as the SMAC (Social, Mobile, Analytics and Cloud) stack.