There’s no doubt big data is a game-changer, thanks to its ability to store and process huge volumes of data rapidly. Despite its resounding success in the technical arena, big data adoption by the business has largely languished due to its siloed application, non-integration with the rest of the enterprise’s technical assets and complexity in business users learning its lingo — Pig, Hive, etc. But I predict that in 2016 big data will emerge out of its IT shadow and be embraced by business users. How? With the help of big data virtualization, a technology that virtually combines big data with other enterprise data.