Organizations are going all in on big data, with most of the companies surveyed anticipating spending increases to maximize the value of this technology over the next 12 months, according to a recent survey from TEKsystems. That value is expected to address needs such as operational efficiency, customer satisfaction and overall business strategies. At this point, IT leaders are expressing confidence in their potential to satisfy big data demands. However, to do that, they must assemble teams that have the skill sets required to solve the complex challenges associated with big data deployments. "There is certainly immense value in big data," says David Spires, director of the applications division of TEKsystems. "But without great people and a focus on the workforce, the prospects that big data can deliver will unfortunately rarely be realized. Too often, organizations delay their workforce needs until it is too late. When the focus is on building a team of great people, organizations will always yield better results than when they rely only on the technology." More than 200 CIOs, IT directors and other technology leaders took part in the research.