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Another product/solution focused session, this time on Cybersecurity. This is a relatively new product for SAS but they have production customers and an aggressive development plan. The core focus for this detecting attackers who are on a network before they execute their attacks. For instance in the Sony hack the attackers were probably on the network for [...]

First Look: Predixion 4.0

Predixion released 4.0 of Predixion Insight in October 2014 and I got a product update recently. First, some quick background on Predixion: They started back in 2009 based in California and Washington and recently added an office in Europe. 70 employees now with a core set of partners and investors. Their focus is on making [...]

I recently published a new article in the Teradata Magazine - Get Closer to Your Data If data holds the secrets to better business decisions, then advanced analytics is the means to getting data to reveal that information. That’s why organizations striving to be more data driven are adopting advanced analytics. New and improved techniques offer solutions [...]

I am giving a webinar on October 1, 2014  at 1:00 p.m. Eastern / 10:00 a.m. Pacific with Teradata on Don’t Move Your Data: Deeper Analysis, Faster Results, Lower Cost Are your analysts spending too much time and effort analyzing growing data volumes? Free your analysts from the limitations and restrictions of the traditional analytic architecture [...]

First Look: WebAction

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 [...]

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 [...]

First Look: Teradata Aster R

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

First Look: SQLstream 4.0

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 [...]

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 [...]

First Look: Rapid Insight Update

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

First Look: Revolution Analytics 7

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 [...]

JSON support in Teradata

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 [...]

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 [...]