Product News

IBM Watson Analytics Cloud Announcement KickOff

September 16, 2014

Dave Laverty kicked off IBM’s big Watson Analytics announcement event in New York.  The focus today, he says, is the reinvention of the analytic experience with a degree of simplicity that puts analytic power in the hands of everyone. Bob Picciano joined him to make the key announcements.
Back in January IBM announced the Watson business unit, a vertically integrated [...]

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First Look: WebAction

September 3, 2014

I got an update from WebAction recently. WebAction was founded in 2012, is backed by Summit Partners and is headquartered in Palo Alto, CA. The founders come from working together at GoldenGate and some prior companies, such as WebLogic. WebAction’s focus is on what they call “Data Driven Apps” – on moving from data presentation [...]

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First Look Progress Corticon 5.4 Update

August 19, 2014

It’s been a while since I had an update on Progress Corticon – the last time was an update for v5.2 back in 2012.
Progress Corticon is a mainstream Business Rules Management System with the usual Corticon Studio, Corticon Server and Corticon Enterprise Data Connector. In addition there is the Corticon BRMS for OpenEdge, linking Corticon [...]

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First Look: Actian’s Big Data 2.0 Clear Path Program

August 6, 2014

Actian has recently released its new Actian Analytics Platform (blogged about here) to deliver scale, parallelism, advanced analytics etc. Following on from this they announced a new offering, Clear Path. The Clear Path Program is designed to provide blueprints to help customers adopt this platform and deliver “transformational value”. Clear Path Analytics Blueprints package up [...]

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First Look: RulePlex

July 1, 2014

RulePlex is a business rules environment startup based in Orlando FL. The basic product consists of a Rule Manager that allows access to a set of policies. Each policy contains business rules and these rules can be written in different languages – Javascript, C# and Visual Basic with Python and Ruby to follow. Each policy [...]

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First Look: Teradata Aster R

June 26, 2014

While R has become very popular in recent years the fact remains that as an open source product it has some scalability and performance issues (discussed in our paper on Standards in Predictive Analytics for instance). Base open source R is not really designed for the kind of large data volumes, Big Data, that are [...]

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First Look: InRule 4.6 update

June 25, 2014

I last got an update on InRule back in 2011 with v4. They see four pillars to their Business Rules Management System:

Rule Authoring
Rule Storage and Management
Rule Execution
Rule Integration (SDK)

V4 focused on the rule authoring experience and since then they have had a couple of additional releases. 4.1 focused on improving the rule storage and management [...]

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Great Hurwitz Report on Predictive Analytic tools

June 24, 2014

The Hurwitz Group just published their Victory Index for Predictive Analytics. This is a great report on the core predictive analytic vendors written by Marcia Kaufman and Daniel Kirsch. The report covers Angoss, IBM, Megaputer, Pegasystems, Predixion, RapidMiner, Revolution Analytics, SAS, SAP, StatSoft. The report aims to assess four things about each vendor:

Vision – how good the company’s strategy for [...]

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Alteryx Inspire 14 Influencer Summit – Alteryx 9 and beyond

June 17, 2014

Paul Ross kicked off the Alteryx Influencer Summit by reiterating Alteryx’s focus on their core audience – analysts in the line of business. Alteryx wants to empower these analysts and is investing in its tools and strategy with this in mind. First up was George Matthew talking about market and product strategy (mostly under NDA).
Alteryx [...]

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Pegaworld 2014 – Pega 7 Summary

June 9, 2014

Kerim Akgonul came up next to talk products, in particular Pega 7. Pega 7 was released last year and is being used around the world. Pega 7 focused on several elements:

Visibility through the common case interface
Speed and accuracy through automation of processes and decisions
Speed and accuracy also of development, making it easier and quicker to [...]

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First Look: FlexRule

May 27, 2014

FlexRule is a .Net business rules environment from Pliant Framework. The team began development on a free product in 2007 and commercialized the product in 2010 by founding Pliant Framework a product and services company. The product has a runtime, designer, repository (vault) and server. The product is under active development with releases happening regularly.
FlexRule [...]

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First Look: Angoss ScorecardBUILDER 9.0

May 22, 2014

Angoss recently released an end to end scorecard building tool –ScorecardBUILDER – based on the same underlying workflow capabilities released in Angoss KnowledgeSEEKER 9.0 (reviewed here). This product is designed to automate or otherwise streamline time consuming manual steps in the process of building a predictive scorecard.
As noted, ScorecardBUILDER is based on the new workflow-centric [...]

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First Look: 11 Ants Analytics Update

May 21, 2014

Since I last wrote about 11 Ants they have increasingly focused on retail analytics to help retailers make the most of their transactional data and loyalty program data. 11 Ants new Retail Analytics Platform is designed to address a number of initiatives in retail – integrating customer behavior deeply into metrics, being consistently customer-centric across [...]

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First Look: Angoss  KnowledgeSEEKER 9.0

May 19, 2014

Angoss has been selling analytic software, installed and increasingly hosted, for about 20 years. Angoss aims to satisfy advanced statisticians as well as business users with the skills and acumen to develop advanced analytics. Angoss  KnowledgeSEEKER 9.0 is the latest release of their flagship product.
Release 9.0 adds automated workflow to the existing decision tree capabilities [...]

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First Look: Experian PowerCurve update

May 13, 2014

Experian’s PowerCurve platform was released in 2012 (I blogged about it here) and has been expanding and rolling out since then. It consists of a set of Data Management and Decision Management capabilities supporting a set of application across Originations, Customer Management and Debt Management. Fraud prevention and identity verification capabilities can be integrated with [...]

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First Look: TIBCO Spotfire 6.5

May 12, 2014

TIBCO Spotfire 6.5 (announced last month) has new capabilities around easier access to data, location analytics and R. To support effective data discovery and visualization, TIBCO believes it is essential to allow users easy access to analytics against the increasingly wide range of data sources that are available. It’s not enough that the visualization tools [...]

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First Look: Zementis partner update

May 8, 2014

Zementis, the company behind the ADAPA PMML engine (last reviewed here and a sponsor of our Standards in Predictive Analytics research), has been busy making their technology for deploying models based on the Predictive Model Markup Language or PMML more pervasive.

They have launched on the Amazon AWS Marketplace. While they have supported AWS for many [...]

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First Look: RapidMiner PaaS

May 6, 2014

RapidMiner today announced a new Platform-as-a-Service offering for deploying and managing predictive analytic models in the cloud. RapidMiner consists of a Studio product for developing analytic models and a Server product that allows for collaboration, batch model execution and interactive dashboards etc. I have blogged about RapidMiner before and the product is in our Decision [...]

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