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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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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 – Product General Session

June 18, 2014

My final session of the event is George Mathew’s General Session on the product and its roadmap. George recapped Alteryx’s laser focus on data analysts – who make up a big chunk of the audience here – and their focus on making the next best decision. It’s great to see the focus on decision-making not just [...]

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IBM Big Data & Analytics: Transform adoption with cloud

June 11, 2014

Cloud, says IBM, is changing people’s expectations – they want the same kind of pricing, time to value, flexible access, ease of install for analytics that they get from other cloud applications. IBM is therefore very focused on delivering analytics in the cloud through a mixture of private, public and hybrid clouds. They are going to use [...]

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White Paper of the Week: In-Database Analytics

February 17, 2014

This week’s white paper of the week is a short paper on In-database Analytics

In-database analytics offer a powerful tool for embedding advanced analytics in a critical component of IT infrastructure. As the amount of data involved has grown and as data infrastructure has become more powerful, the adoption of in-database analytic technology has grown rapidly. [...]

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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: 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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Standards in Predictive Analytics: Hadoop

January 14, 2014

With the fourth post in this series I am going to talk about Hadoop – something with even more hype than R or predictive analytics. As we all know the era of Big Data has arrived. As anyone who reads the IT or business press knows, there is more data available today,  this data is no longer [...]

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The Role of Standards in Predictive Analytics: A Series

December 18, 2013

I am working on a paper, for publication in early 2014, on the role of standards such as R, Hadoop and PMML in the mainstreaming of predictive analytics.  As I do so I will be publishing a few blog posts. I thought I would start with a quick introduction to the topic now and then [...]

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Oracle BIWA Summit January in Redwood Shores

December 18, 2013

I am giving the opening keynote for the BIWA Summit 2014 January 14-16, 2014 at the Oracle HQ Conference Center in Redwood Shores, CA. It’s an Oracle-focused event, obviously, with some novel and interesting use cases of Oracle Big Data, Exadata, Advanced Analytics/Data Mining, OBIEE, Spatial, Endeca and more. There are opportunities to get hands-on experience with products in [...]

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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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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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Big Data and In-Database Analytics in the new platform technologies report

September 4, 2013

Since 2012 we have published a comprehensive report on the software technologies and products available to build Decision Management Systems – the Decision Management Systems Platform Technologies Report. Tested and established in many industries, these technologies include Business Rules Management Systems, data mining or Predictive Analytic Workbenches and Optimization suites as well as new in-database [...]

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First Look: Alteryx

August 29, 2013

I recently caught up with Alteryx,Inc.,  a company focused on democratizing Big Data – on how to get better decision making and data management at scale in an era of Big Data. Alteryx was founded in 2010 (and came from the origins of a company called SRC) and has 130 employees in North America.
When it [...]

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First Look: Cascading Pattern

August 21, 2013

As part of some ongoing research on support for PMML I recently spoke with Concurrent. Concurrent is an enterprise software company focused on simplifying Big Data development on Hadoop. The company’s core product is called Cascading. This is a free, open-source, development framework for Apache Hadoop designed to let developers build sophisticated data processing applications [...]

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Decision Management and In-Memory Technology

May 10, 2013

In-memory databases and in-memory analytics are interesting technologies when it comes to Decision Management Systems. Memory is thousands of times faster than disk and the amount of memory on a node is increasing rapidly. Putting data is put in memory and executing analytics against it, especially if the analytics engine has plenty of memory too, can [...]

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First Look: Informatica CEP

April 25, 2013

I got caught up with Informatica recently, checking in with them on their Complex Event Processing (CEP) technologies. They have recently been talking about decision management, especially in healthcare where their new Informatica Proactive Healthcare Decision Management solution is based on their CEP engine.
Like me Informatica see a historical, summarization focus in business intelligence (BI) [...]

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First Look: IBM SPSS Modeler Update

April 16, 2013

It has been a while since I was updated on IBM SPSS Modeler and I got an update from IBM recently. IBM SPSS Modeler is, of course, IBM’s primary data mining and predictive analytics workbench. It uses a standard workflow metaphor, letting you string together nodes that process data, run algorithms, score data, etc. Both [...]

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IBM Big Data Platform Announcements #bigdatamgmt

April 3, 2013

Next up is Inhi Suh focusing on the Big Data platform announcements. She began by reiterating the various use cases Bob mentioned earlier:

Enrich your information base by analyzing more data faster
Improve customer interaction with richer view of customer
Reduce risk and prevent fraud in security/intelligence
Optimize infrastructure and monetize data
Gain IT efficiency and scale with better data [...]

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