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December 4, 2014

Big Data Rankings: Leaders Generated $6B in Revenues

A diverse group of hardware, software, analytics and even technology consulting firms make up a list of the top 10 big data companies based on annual revenues. Together, a survey estimates the market leaders accounted for just over $6 billion in big data revenues during 2013.

Wikibon, the open source market researcher, ranked big data leaders based on 2013 sales of hardware, software and IT services. Here’s what the survey found:

  1. IBM Corp.: $1.37 billion. Wikibon said IBM continues to generate momentum in the big data market as other company sectors remain flat or decline. Unlike its competitors, IBM draws most of its big data revenues (42 percent) from a growing list of services in areas ranging from health care to match making. Software related to its Watson cognitive computing effort accounted for 27 percent of 2013 revenues while hardware came in at 31 percent.
  2. Hewlett-Packard: $869 million. The cloud and storage giant is placing greater emphasis on its big data business as it completes a corporate split that includes creation of a new company called HP Enterprise. HP has been announcing frequent updates to its big data offering, the Vertica Analytics Platform. It announced a cloud-based version of the platform this week with new on-demand capabilities.
  3. Dell: $652 million. Wikibon found that Dell server and datacenter hardware sales support a growing range of big data applications. Hardware accounted for a whooping 85 percent of its big data revenues last year with the remainder covered by consulting services.
  4. SAP: $545 million. The lion’s share of SAP big data revenue in 2013 was derived from its High-Performance Analytic Appliance, or HANA, technology. Overall, software accounted for 76 percent of big data revenues while the remainder came from consulting services.
  5. Teradata Corp.: $518 million. The data-warehousing specialist spun off from NCR derives its big data revenues almost equally among hardware, software and IT services, according to the Wikibon survey.
  6. Oracle Corp.: $491 million. The database giant’s big data revenues in 2013 were divided among software (37 percent), IT services (36 percent) and hardware (28 percent).
  7. SAS Institute: $480 million. The business analytics and business intelligence leader generated about 68 percent of revenues from software sales with the remainder was derived from big data services, Wikibon reported.
  8. Palantir Technologies: $418 million. Revenues were divided equally between software and big data services that focus on areas like analyzing financial markets. The firm has worked with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to spot insider trading.
  9. Accenture: $415 million. Wikibon said Accenture’s big data revenues were evenly divided between software and consulting services. Among its key partners are Microsoft, Oracle and another member of the Wikibon top ten, SAP.
  10. PriceWaterhouseCoopers: $312 million. Wikibon found all of PWC’s big data revenues were derived from its consulting services. It also estimates that more than 40 percent of PWC’s customers are involved in big data.

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