Christian Prokopp holds a PhD in information retrieval and works as a data scientist at Rangespan. He spends his spare time as a columnist and blogger. He is passionate about data science and data-driven products, in particular about how they can solve real-world problems and add value to businesses. Before his current position, Christian was a Marie Curie Fellow, APAI researcher with an ARC project in Australia, consultant and project manager in Bangladesh, and IT manager and software engineer in Germany. You can read his blog, follow him @prokopp, and connect on Google+ and on LinkedIn.
The big data market is predicted to grow six times faster than the overall IT market. The phenomenal growth in data analytics, business intelligence, open-source tools, and related technologies in 2013 looks set to continue.