Designing, developing, testing and operating Hadoop-based Big Data applications can take a long time and can be expensive.  Organizations need to ensure that they have a well-thought out approach to their application development lifecycle  in order to cost efficiently speed time to application launch and drive value to the business.  To determine the best approach, ESG recommends that organizations evaluate the effort and costs for (1)  deployment and integration of the solution, (2) the ability of the solution to meet the business needs, and (3) ongoing  support and maintenance activities.  Read this report to learn the best approach for your company.