This IDC study examines the sales of software in support of, or based upon, MapReduce or Hadoop functions. The study presents IDC's Hadoop-MapReduce ecosystem software market sizing and forecast for 2012–2016. This market is considered a segment of the broader Big Data software market.
"Fantastic and largely unsupportable claims have been made regarding the use cases and benefits of this approach, but there can be no doubt that it does provide a relatively low-cost means of deriving considerable value from very large collections of unorganized data, serving a wide variety of important business use cases," said Carl Olofson, program vice president for IDC's Information Management software research. "Hadoop and MapReduce are taking the software world by storm, inspiring a wide range of projects that collect both structured and unstructured data and producing output that may be used to answer a single question; serve as the foundation for a range of other questions, queries, or searches; or be loaded into a data warehouse for more systematic and repeatable query."