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Big data doesn't discriminate — industries from manufacturing to retail and hospitality can benefit from this influx of information. When it comes to healthcare, however, there's huge potential not just for better decision making but significant cost reduction; here's how big data could save healthcare billions over the next few years.

2016 is around the corner, and many companies are cleaning house, deciding where they should invest IT budgets to maximize security, performance and profitability. While this year was dominated by the rise of hybird cloud and a “shift” toward big data — Datacomony notes that 83 percent of companies had big data investments at the start of 2015 — expect 2016 to feature a much more mature and diversified data market. Here are three trends to watch:

According to e-Week, more than 80 percent of organizational data is unstructured residing everywhere: file servers, NAS, SAN, portals, mailboxes, the cloud, the data center—you name it, it’s all over the place. In the wrong hands, this information could expose merger and acquisition plans, competitive intelligence, proprietary research, customer information, and other highly confidential data. For companies under strict audit regulations, fines accompanying such exposure are exponential.

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