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SAP BusinessObjects Predictive Analytics 3.1 is the current release of the SAP predictive analytic suite. Like most in the analytics space, SAP sees its clients struggling to make use of massive amounts of data that are newly available while facing ever increasing business expectations, faster business decision cycles and an analytical skill gap. SAP therefore [...]

I recently got a chance to catch up with the IBM SPSS team for an update. Analytics, in IBM’s view and mine, are increasingly necessary as digitization increases the scale of business data and digital disruptors increase the difficulty of making good decisions. For those being disrupted analytics offers a powerful way to fight back. [...]

This was my first briefing on Statistica since I reviewed v11 in 2012. Statsoft was established in 1984 and acquired by Dell in March 2014. The product has been continuously developed to the point where it has over 16,000 integrated functions.  Since acquisition, Dell has been focused on integrating it into Dell systems and processes [...]

First Look – SAS Viya

Back when I was attending the SAS Inside Intelligence analyst day they briefed us under embargo about their new Viya platform. This was announced today from SAS Global Forum. Ultimately all the SAS products will be moving to the SAS Viya platform and the platform is designed to ensure that all SAS products have some common characteristics: All [...]

Last session of the day is a freeform executive Q&A so I will just list bullet points as they come up: Open Source R is obviously a hot topic in analytics and SAS’ focus on more open APIs that are broadly accessible and their renewed focus on academic partnerships are designed to “leave R in the [...]

Next up at the SAS Inside Intelligence event are some technology highlights, each based around a day in the life of a particular role. Much of this is under NDA of course. Ryan Schmiedl kicked off with a quick recap of last year’s technology – 150 significant releases across the SAS focus areas. In analytics for instance Factory [...]

I am at the SAS Inside Intelligence event in Steamboat getting the annual update on all things SAS. First session of the day is the Executive Viewpoint. Jim Goodnight and Randy Guard kicked things off. Creating a single global organization was a big part of last year with legal, finance, sales, marketing and more becoming global [...]

Predictive analytics is a powerful tool for managing risk, reducing fraud and maximizing customer value. Those already succeeding with predictive analytics are looking for ways to scale and speed up their programs and make predictive analytics pervasive. But they know there is often a huge gap between having analytic insight and deriving business value from it – predictive [...]

I am giving a webinar on Predictive Analytics Deployment to Mainframe or Hadoop with Mike Zeller of Zementis on Thursday, March 3, 2016 11:00:00 AM PST The big challenge for analytics-driven organizations today is closing the gap between deriving an analytic result and getting the ROI. Organizations need a consistent and efficient way to deploy analytic results [...]

I last got an update from Rapid Insight in 2014 and caught up again with them recently to discuss their 3.0 release. Rapid Insight was founded in 2003 and has over 200 client sites across education, healthcare and other companies. The product set is focused on predictive analytics, ad-hoc analysis and self-service data preparation. Rapid [...]

Final session today focused on systems and architecture for Big Data Analytics. It began by talking about the friction between business and IT and how this is increasing, especially around information and analytics where business users want to be able to work with data without worrying about IT. This creates challenges for IT specifically: The [...]

SAS has been focusing on in-memory analytics recently with its new Visual Analytics products for instance. Teradata and SAS have been working together to enable these in-memory products for Teradata customers and today announced a new appliance. The expansion to the Teradata Appliance for SAS, Model 750 now supports SAS High Performance Analytics (HPA) Products, [...]

First Look: Dataiku 2.0

I last got an update from Dataiku in November of 2014. Since then they have raised money and opened an office in New York. New features and capabilities have been added to the product and they are seeing good interest in the product from US customers as they expand here. The 2.0 version has been [...]

First Look: BusinessOptics

I got a briefing from a company that’s new to the US but that I have been aware of for a while – BusinessOptics. The company was founded in South Africa and started about four years ago. The product itself was first released about two years ago and the initial customers are primarily in South [...]

I got a briefing on SAS Factory Miner, to be officially released in July. SAS Factory Miner is designed to help organizations scale their analytic efforts, enabling them to solve more problems, faster, more accurately and without adding resources. SAS generally presents the analytic lifecycle with two main loops – a discovery one and a [...]

Real Time Big Data #TD3PI

Another Think Big employee came up to talk about real-time big data especially around event analytics. Real-time, he says, is generally something happening in a second or so not minutes or hours. Might be push or pull but what matters is the time from data in to data out. Real-time responses, he pointed out,  need [...]

Next up at the Teradata Influencer event was a session on data lakes and related technology / approaches from the Think Big consulting team. Think Big sees a data lake as an approach to capturing, refining, storing and exploring any form of raw data at scale, enabled by low cost technologies and from which downstream [...]

Ron Bodkin of Think Big (founded in 2010 and acquired by Teradata in late 2014) came up next to talk about their consulting practice around hadoop and other big data infrastructure. They are now over 100 people (on shore and off shore) with a 100% focus on Big Data technology. They are run largely separately [...]

Day two of the Teradata Influencers event started with Hermann Wimmer, co-president. Hermann gave us an introduction to the overall company strategy. Teradata has two co-presidents, one focused on data and analytics and one focused on marketing applications with some shared services. This allows  them to focus on the three markets there see for their [...]

I am attending the Teradata Influencers Summit in lovely Del Mar, California. First up is Oliver Ratzesberger, Senior VP of Software, to talk about recent technology innovations and technology strategy. Oliver highlighted some of the key trends and themes for Teradata. He began with a maturity model for “the sentiment enterprise” (video here): Agile Data [...]