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Major computer makers enhancing Big Data services

Kyodo

Major computer makers, including Fujitsu Ltd. and NEC Corp., are enhancing their services for Big Data, meaning data collected very rapidly in large volumes from a variety of sources.

Because Big Data services are seen as limitless and expected to achieve high growth, the companies are offering various services to corporate clients and local governments, their officials said.

The government-backed Development Bank of Japan has projected that Japan’s Big Data services market will expand from ¥526.9 billion in fiscal 2012 to ¥1.12 trillion in fiscal 2015.

Fujitsu has launched a full-fledged service for manufacturers to predict breakdowns by analyzing huge amounts of data from sensors on plant equipment, a company official said.

.NEC plans to start a new service for retailers next spring that will use weather, customer, sales and other data to predict product sales.