The city of Seattle has been highlighted as a possible hub for big data development, which is likely to be one of the biggest advancements in the technology and IT industry over the coming few years.
While there have been some definition problems with big data recently, partly because every up-and-coming firm wants to hitch its wagon to the in-vogue tech, it is clear businesses across the globe are keen to make use of its potential benefits.
Seattle, which has a rich history when it comes to software development, could be set to benefit from this boom, reports Geekwire.
Business leaders gathering for the recent Big Insight: Making Sense of Big Data in Seattle event organised by Xconomy suggested the city has the combination of tech skills and strong infrastructure to really stand out from the crowd, even in the busy US marketplace.
John Slitz, chief executive officer of big data startup SpaceCurve, admitted almost everyone is keen to fasten on to the tech in one way or another.
However, he argued there are a number of factors that make his home city an ideal place to engage with big data.
"Seattle is truly unique in its focus on software, and I think the depth of experience ... is just outstanding, in terms of database skills, prep programming skills and cluster programming development," argued Mr Slitz.
SpaceCurve recently raised an impressive $10 million in funding, while the city hosts a number of different start-ups focused on taking advantage of the growing corporate interest in big data-enabled technologies.
Jeremy Jaech, co-founder of SNUPI Technologies and the event's keynote speaker, added to the mood of optimism by comparing the area favorably to its rival in Silicon Valley.
"They have more tech workers in total ... but we are software kings up here. And so the sheer size of that talent pool gives us the people we need to develop big data tools and techniques," he claimed.