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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 [...]

First Look: Alteryx

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 [...]

First Look: Cascading Pattern

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 [...]

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 [...]

First Look: Informatica CEP

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Tim Vincent, CTO of Information Management, came next to talk about DB2 with BLU Acceleration. He began by identifying several different kinds of workloads and scenarios that the new solution is designed to address and pointed out the context for this is rapidly changing hardware capabilities and pricing. Memory prices are falling,bandwidth inside machines is increasing, [...]

I am attending the IBM Big Data Management launch today and will do my best to blog it as it happens. Steve Mills, on video, kicked things off. Steve began by pointing out that the price performance boost of recent years has made a whole new class of use cases reasonable. In particular more data [...]

I got an update from the folks at Teradata on the Teradata Aster platform recently. I have been briefed on various partnerships around Teradata before – they are very active working with analytics providers on making sure that in-database analytic engines work on Teradata – but had not been briefed specifically on Teradata Aster. Aster [...]

First Look: Precog

Precog was founded in late 2010 to solve the challenges identified by the founder when he was working on developing an online advertising platform. An online ad platform generates a tremendous amount of data, data that can be used to target ads or select specific creative for an ad, but managing and using this data [...]

SAS Data Management #sassb

Keith transitioned into talking about Data Management. He begun by pointing out that better business decisions rely on data – you need data in the right place, at the right time, in the right form to the right people (or, I would add, systems). As companies by more SaaS packages to run their business, this [...]

Big Data Analytics #sassb

Paul Kent, VP of Big Data, came up next and gave a white board talk with no slides. His initial focus was on parallel processing for analytics, something that SAS has been working on for a while and that is key to their HPA and Big Data approaches. He points out that some problems (min [...]

Jim Davis kicked off the annual SAS analyst event. SAS sees their work on in-memory analytics in recent years as another major change in the way companies handle data and develop analytics, especially when combined with their work on taking advantage of this with their new visual analytics interfaces. This, he says, is going to [...]

SAP has recently announcement some new predictive analytic offerings. At the core are in-database predictive analytics and R integration based on SAP HANA and a new predictive modeling tool, SAP Predictive Analysis. The latter is aimed to close the gap between “pure” data miners/modelers and the business analysts that might typically use tools like SAP [...]

First Look – SQLStream

The move over recent years has been towards increasingly distributed processing of data, both in terms of the underlying model and in terms of the processing architectures available. More and more of this data is also streaming and SQLstream is focused on effective access to streaming big data. Founded in 2003 and headquartered in San [...]

First Look – Angoss 8.0

I have previously written about Angoss and its products (most recently this post on their 7.5 release) and recently got an update. As a company Angoss is focused on delivering data mining and predictive analytics to improve performance in sales, marketing and risk. They have a set of products for desktop, client/server and cloud-based and [...]

First Look – Salford Systems

Salford Systems was founded in 1983 and initially developed SAS procedure– add-ons for SAS. They then worked with a PC-based statistics package before moving solidly into data mining and predictive analytics after meeting the inventors of the CART algorithm around 1990. Their product range now consists of CART®, TreeNet® stochastic gradient boosting, MARS®, RandomForests®, GPS™ [...]