Even relatively conservative forecasts predict there will be 50 billion connected devices online by the end of the decade. Over time, the majority won’t be laptops or phones but rather machine-to-machine connections from network infrastructure, sensors in cars, appliances, health care monitors and the like. They will produce data that needs to be combined and analyzed alongside structured data, application logs, customer info and social media streams. Already today, companies across multiple industries and government agencies are struggling to harness the sheer volume, complexity and variety of the data generated.
The big machine: how the Internet of things is shaping big data — Tech News and Analysis