Big Data Companies- Here’s a roundup of 10 big data technology companies to keep an eye on in 2021—some well-known (looking at you Snowflake), some likely to break out this year, and some just starting to appear on industry watchers’ radar screens.
The Ones To Watch In 2021
IDC estimates that the “global datasphere” in 2020—the total amount of data created and consumed during the year—reached 59 zettabytes and will continue to grow at a 26 percent CAGR through 2024.
Businesses and organizations are increasingly challenged to manage and govern all that data and find ways to collect, prepare and analyze it to derive analysis and insight that can guide business strategies and provide a competitive edge. Gartner estimates that data and analytics leaders are spending 36 percent of their time on data preparation and data integration, more than any other data management job.
To address those challenges, businesses can turn to a broad range of technologies and services from numerous big data companies—some still in startup mode and some that have been around for a while. Here’s a look at 10 big data companies that we will be keeping our eye on through 2021.
CEO: Steven Mih
Ahana is one of two companies on our “To Watch” list that is working with Presto, an open-source, high-performance SQL engine that speeds up queries from multiple distributed data sources—a key issue for business analytics tasks that involve huge volumes of data scattered across on-premises and cloud systems.
Ahana exited stealth in 2020, offering software and services around Presto. In September the company debuted its Ahana Cloud for Presto, a fully managed service designed to simplify the adoption, use and management of Presto and make it easier to connect the big data technology with databases, data catalogs and data lake systems.
Ahana, based in San Mateo, Calif., has raised $4.8 million in venture financing.
CEO: Michael Klaus
Numerous big data companies, both established players and startups, are vying to develop software that automates and speeds up the complex, time-consuming data preparation and management tasks that must be done at the start of any business analytics initiative.
The Ataccama One system offers a single, AI-powered platform that carries out a number of data management and data governance tasks including data discovery and profiling, metadata management, data cataloging, data quality management, master data management and data integration.
In November the Toronto-based company launched a beta release of Ataccama One Gen2 with increased emphasis on automated, self-driving data management capabilities.