A fifth of Dutch companies analyze Big Data

A fifth of Dutch companies with at least 10 employees analyze so-called Big Data - large amounts of unstructured data, according to Statistics Netherlands. This often involves analysis of their own data, but one in 10 companies also analyze data from outside the company.

Big data analysis is more common in large companies than smaller ones. About 15 percent of companies with between 10 and 20 employees do it, compared to 42 percent of companies with 500 or more employees.

Companies in the information- and communication sectors in particular make use of big data analysis. 44 percent of telecom commpanies do so. Many insurers also analyze their own large datta files. Three in 10 travel agencies analyze big data, especially from social media. And the transport sector focuses on analyzing big data about geographic locations.