The energy industry tends to be very conservative and change-averse in adopting new IT innovations, and the same applies also to big data and analytics. The culture has, however, started changing as energy groups are pressed to cut down their cost bases across the operations, which in turn is making a natural case for making them more driven by data. In a sector that is both asset-intensive and deals with commodities this strategy shift is set to prove highly disruptive.
In this Technology Analysis, ABI Research studies the market opportunity for big data and analytics in the energy industry, with a special emphasis on sizing out the market in terms of spending levels and the associated revenues. The research scope covers upstream, midstream, and downstream parts of the industry, besides which the market forecasts are also broken down by geographical region. Furthermore, the study presents forecasts splits for five spending segment (internal salaries, professional services, technology services, internal software, and internal hardware), as well as five revenue components (data integration, data storage, core analytics, data presentation, and professional services) that can be identified in the value chain for analytics. Finally, the report also includes an update to ABI Research's market forecasts on the overall big data spending, broken down by industry vertical and geographical region.