StreamSets Community Survey 2017

Understanding Modern Data in Motion

In March 2017, we conducted our first community survey in order to better understand how and why customers are creating data pipelines. Responses came from data engineers, data scientists and developers working in a range of industries from banking to education and companies of all sizes.

Results revealed the StreamSets community uses StreamSets Data Collector™ primarily for integrating streaming and batch data for immediate use in both big data and traditional applications.

Only 18 months after it’s launch, StreamSets Data Collector has been downloaded more than 150,000 times and roughly 20% of the Fortune 500 have been identified amongst these users.

Type of Data Movement

72% are using StreamSets Data Collector for streaming data

According to the survey, real-time use of streaming data is moving ahead quickly. A full 72 percent of respondents are using StreamSets Data Collector for streaming data. Of these, two-thirds (48 percent) are integrating batch and streaming data within their pipelines while the remainder (24 percent) are streaming only. Twenty-eight percent are employing StreamSets solely for movement of batch data.

Data Movement Use Case

84% use StreamSets Data Collector for both big data applications and traditional data analysis

A large majority (84%) of respondents are using StreamSets Data Collector for both new big data applications and traditional data analysis. Traditional, horizontal capabilities include dashboards (88 percent), interactive SQL queries (64 percent) and data warehouse (51 percent). Big data applications include customer insights (50 percent), IoT (23 percent) and cybersecurity (10 percent).

Data Sources

Transactional databases were most popular, with newer Log and IoT source types emerging quickly

Fitting with popularity of traditional, transactional data sources were most the popular used and analytics databases sources came in 3rd. Newer source types comprising interaction data such as log files and clickstream data were also popular. IoT sources are emerging quickly and already in use by roughly one in 5 respondents.

Data Destinations

50% are moving data into multiple destination types

While it’s no surprise that Hadoop was cited as the most popular destination for data pipeline, search-oriented stores, such as Apache Solr and Elasticsearch, were also significantly represented (44 percent). Spark is already proving to be quite popular (26 percent), already closing in on NoSQL data stores (28 percent). Traditional databases are used by 32 percent of respondents. Approximately one-half of respondents are moving data into multiple destination types.

Location of Data Stores

66% use StreamSets Data Collector in a private or public cloud

When it comes to the location of the data, cloud environments are used by two-thirds of the enterprises surveyed. Sixty-six percent useStreamSets Data Collector in a public or private cloud while 58 percent use StreamSets Data Collector on premises. Pointing to a hybrid reality, only 12 percent of all enterprises surveyed were performing data movement solely within a public cloud environment. Interestingly, nearly one-quarter (22 percent) of respondents listed cloud data migration as one of their use cases.

Required Time to Analysis

56% require analysis of the incoming data within minutes

Over half (56%) require analysis of the incoming data within minutes, with 15 percent needing analysis performed within seconds of arrival.

Favorite Programming Language

60% prefer programming in Python and Java

We asked our community about their favorite programming language. Both Python and Java took top honors followed by JavaScript and Scala. Within “Others” was Go and, honestly – COBOL. Clearly our community can snark with the best of them!

Favorite Movie About Artificial Intelligence

“The Matrix” was a clear winner chosen by 30%, followed by “Blade Runner” and “The Terminator”

For fun, we asked respondents for their favorite AI movie. “The Matrix,” chosen by 30 percent of respondents, was the runaway winner, followed by “Blade Runner” (14 percent) and “The Terminator” (11 percent). Respondents also gave their reasons behind their choice. Our favorite comments follow:



‘Her' [because] I’m already pretty close to dating my computer […] and my project name is also ‘Her'.

Anonymous Respondent



‘Bladerunner' [because] Philip K. Dick > Arthur C. Clarke > The rest

Anonymous Respondent


The Matrix

‘The Matrix' [because] it’s open source,[…] and I had a crush on Keanu Reaves, ok!?

Anonymous Respondent



‘Westworld' [because] I like that it showed the robots being maintained and the ops behind the whole thing.

Anonymous Respondent

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