My colleague Shivon Zilis has been obsessed with the Terry Kawaja chart of the advertising ecosystem for a while, and a few weeks ago she came up with the great idea of creating a similar one for the big data ecosystem. Initially, we were going to do this as an internal exercise to make sure we understood every part of the ecosystem, but we figured it would be fun to “open source” the project and get people’s thoughts and input.
So here is our first attempt.
A few things became apparent very quickly:
1) Many companies don’t fall neatly into a specific category
2) There’s only so many companies we can fit on the chart — subcategories as NoSQL or advertising applications, for example, would almost deserve their own chart.
3) The ecosystem is evolving so quickly that we’re going to need to update the chart often – companies evolve (e.g., Infochimps), large vendors make aggressive moves in the space (VMWare with Serengeti and the Citas acquisition)
What do you think? (click on the bottom right to expand)