Although Chinese astrology tells us that 2015 is the year of the Sheep, there’s strong evidence showing that this year may, in fact, be the Year of the Data Nerd. According to a December 2015 survey conducted by New Relic, tech companies are doubling down on data, fast and frequent deployments, and using data to improve their product. Here’s why we believe that data and the smart people using it will be the “next big thing” in 2015.