Product News

First Look: Zoot zDecision Update

April 14, 2014

I got an update from Zoot recently about their zDecision product (having last been briefed back in 2012). First, a quick update on Zoot: They are focused almost entirely in the financial services industry, especially on lenders. Their products are designed to be very flexible and so support the kind of out of the box [...]

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First Look: FICO acquisition of InfoCentricity

April 2, 2014

FICO has recently acquired InfoCentricity, makers of two advanced analytics products – Xeno (for building predictive scorecards, reviewed here) and StrategyTrees (decision trees). InfoCentricity has about 40 clients (some with over 100 modelers, some smaller). Most of these companies are also FICO clients though not generally for analytic modeling tools. Clients use the tools in [...]

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First Look: Granata Decision Systems

March 5, 2014

As part of my ongoing series on Marketing Decision Management solutions I recently caught up with Granata Decision Systems. Granata was founded in 2012 by folks from the University of Toronto who specialize in optimization and AI. GDS’ product is a marketing optimization solution targeted at organizations with a relatively sophisticated customer analytics environment who [...]

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First Look: SQLstream 4.0

February 12, 2014

I last wrote about SQLstream back in 2012 and got an update from them recently. Recent news includes a partnership with Oracle and new performance benchmarks (against Hadoop Storm for instance), and their latest SQLstream 4.0 release. New 4.0 features include

Performance optimization of the streaming integration layer and the UDX mechanism for SQL extensions
Support for [...]

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First Look: Dulles Research Carolina Update

February 10, 2014

I first got a briefing on Dulles Research Carolina back in 2010 and I recently got an update. Dulles Research was founded in 2005 and came to market with Carolina, their SAS to Java convertor, in 2009. A U.S. patent was awarded to Dulles last year for the SAS to Java conversion process.
At its core, [...]

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First Look: Oracle Event Processing

February 3, 2014

Oracle Event Processing is designed to provide high throughput and low latency processing against continuously streaming data—what is sometimes call Complex Event Processing. It handles real-time correlation between incoming data streams, time sensitive alerts, aggregations and calculations, pattern seeking in the stream etc. Critically, especially when one is dealing with very large volumes of streaming [...]

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First Look: Actian Analytic Platform

January 30, 2014

I got an update from Actian about their new announcement recently. Actian recently acquired ParAccel (reviewed here) and Pervasive (see my reviews of RushAnalyzer and DataRush) and for 2014 they are bringing all this IP together into a new Actian Analytic Platform. Actian is now a $140m company with strong profits and 10,000+ customers including [...]

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First Look: Rapid Insight Update

January 29, 2014

I last got an update from Rapid Insight back in March of 2012. Since then they have made a number of updates to the products. To recap, Rapid Insight Veera is a data intelligence tool for creating analytical processes and modeling datasets (supporting an extract, transform, analyze metaphor) and Rapid Insight Analytics is a data [...]

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First Look: IBM SPSS Modeler 16

January 7, 2014

IBM has recently released IBM SPSS Modeler 16 with three distinct packages:

Professional with everything for structured data
Premium adds text analytics, entity analytics and social network analysis
Gold adds the Decision Management capabilities to the Premium package

IBM SPSS Analytical Decision Management (ADM) will increasingly be included in the IBM SPSS Modeler Gold package rather than sold separately [...]

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First Look: Valen InsureRight

December 17, 2013

Valen Analytics has been around since 2004 and is focused on providing proprietary data, analytics and predictive modeling to the Property and Casualty market with 25 customers in production. To help carriers manage and segment their portfolios to drive underwriting profitability, Valen develops productized models based on pooled consortium data for carriers. Valen’s InsureRight platform [...]

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First Look: RapidMiner 6 Update

December 12, 2013

I last got an update on RapidMiner back in March 2012. The company was founded in 2007 and has 40 employees worldwide. The free product has reached 10,000 downloads a month and the product has some 35,000 active deployments with over 500 customers worldwide (40 added in the last 6 months). The company recently secured [...]

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First Look: Revolution Analytics 7

December 11, 2013

In the 9 months or so since I last wrote about Revolution Analytics they have released a new version of Revolution R Enterprise 7. This is focused on delivering “Write once deploy anywhere.” R, of course, continues to expand in popularity with the recent Rexer Data Mining survey (reviewed here) putting the percentage of data [...]

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First Look: i4C Analytics

December 5, 2013

i4C Analytics is focused on delivering advanced analytic applications for specific industries and business decisions. These packaged analytic applications apply predictive analytics in real-time in a highly automated environment. The applications use automated analytic model creation as well as allowing data scientists and predictive analytic professionals to integrate their own models to solve the business problems [...]

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First Look: Provenir Big Data Listening and Engagement Platform

November 7, 2013

I recently got an introduction to the Provenir Big Data Listening and Engagement platform. Provenir is a cloud-based platform that serves as an omni-channel engagement hub, allowing brands to proactively listen for real-time events and comments across Big Data and leverage these moments to orchestrate real-time customer journeys for individual customers. It accomplishes this by [...]

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First Look: Decisions on Demand

November 4, 2013

Decisions on Demand is a new cloud-based rules platform designed to bring the power of a business rules management system, and especially of decision tables, to users of Salesforce.com and other SaaS applications. The product comes in two flavors at present – Decisions on Demand for Salesforce and the Decisions on Demand Platform. The product [...]

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JSON support in Teradata

October 22, 2013

In the second quarter of 2014 Teradata will add support for JSON (JavaScript Object Notation) –  ”fat free” XML focused on name value pairs – in its data warehouse. The key focus of this addition is on the Internet of Things because many of these produce data in JSON formats. For instance telematics, geospatial, manufacturing [...]

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First Look: NICE

October 16, 2013

As part of my ongoing series on Marketing Decision Management products I got an update from NICE about their real-time solutions. NICE was founded in 1986 and has 25,000 customers across 150 countries with nearly $1B in revenue. NICE’s focus is on helping their clients get closer to their customers. This involves knowing the customer [...]

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First Thoughts: SAP and KXEN

October 14, 2013

SAP recently acquired KXEN, a leading provider of predictive analytics technology, to complement SAP’s existing analytic products. I have previously written about both companies’ products and this week got a chance to chat with John Ball, CEO of KXEN, as well as a number of executives on the SAP side. This is an important acquisition [...]

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First Look: Tibco Spotfire 6

October 10, 2013

I got an update from Tibco recently having last heard from them when I got an update on Spotfire 4. Since then they have partnered with Attivio for supporting unstructured data (4.5), added a new in-memory engine and support for in-database analytics as well as native support for R – the Tibco Enterprise Runtime for [...]

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First Look: Red Hat JBoss BRMS and Drools community project Update

October 9, 2013

I got an update on Red Hat JBoss BRMS recently. I last wrote about them with release 5.2 back in 2011 and JBoss BRMS 5.3 is the current release and includes their support for business rules, business process and event processing (based on the Drools and jBPM open source community projects) with a repository, runtime [...]

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