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First Look: Open Data Group

Open Data Group is an analytic deployment company. The company was started over 10 years ago and has transitioned from consulting to a product company, applying their expertise in Data Science and IT to create an analytic engine, FastScore. Successful analytics require organizational alignment (specifically between Data Science and IT) to create coordination of systems [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

RapidMiner 2015 Update

It’s been a while since I last got an update on RapidMiner (RapidMiner 6 was the last version I reviewed) and they have some new positioning and product capabilities I wanted to catch up on. RapidMiner began as an open source product company founded in 2007. They moved to Open Core in 2010 and now [...]

I last got an update on SPSS early last year. In March 2015, IBM released an update for the complete set of products in its advanced analytical portfolio. Analytical Decision Management (ADM) is positioned as part of this portfolio of predictive and prescriptive analytic tools. IBM’s advanced analytic portfolio is focused on having meaningful impact [...]

First Look: Blue Yonder

Blue Yonder is based in Germany (Karlsruhe) and was founded in 2008 by an ex-CERN researcher, Prof. Michael Feindt and focusing on solving big data problems such as demand estimation. Several solutions targeted at retail were released over subsequent years. In 2013 they launched their Data Science Academy. The Blue Yonder platform for predictive applications [...]

BigML Update 2015

I last got an update from BigML back in 2013 when they updated us on their predictive analytics/machine learning platform. Since then they have been adding new algorithms, especially in unsupervised machine learning techniques, and generally updating the interface and workflow. With about 15,000 registered users Big ML is moving into enterprise customers more and [...]

Dataiku, a company founded in 2013 and based in France, launched their product, Data Science Studio (DSS), in February 2014. DSS is a web-based analytic software platform designed for data scientists and analysts. The product is designed to improve the effectiveness and productivity of data teams especially when it comes to turning raw data into [...]

First Look: RulePlex

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 [...]

First Look: IBM SPSS Modeler 16

IBM has recently released IBM SPSS Modeler 16 with three distinct packages: Professional with everything for structured data Premium adds text analytics, entity analytics and social network analysis Gold adds the Decision Management capabilities to the Premium package IBM SPSS Analytical Decision Management (ADM) will increasingly be included in the IBM SPSS Modeler Gold package [...]

First Look: BigML Update

I got an update from BigML recently – I first blogged about them back in December. BigML has continued to grow since then, opening the product to general use (you can sign up here). They now have over 4,600 users and more than 100 paying customers. The product still offers a simple interface underpinned by [...]

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 [...]

Revolution Analytics and Netezza have recently announced a partnership. Netezza has a strong history of being associated with customers that are focused on “big data” problems and advanced analytics. As a result they have been delivering in-database analytics to bring these analytics closer to the data. Their approach allows customers and partners to bring Java, [...]

Gurobi is the latest entrant to the mainstream optimization engine market (IBM/ILOG CPLEX and FICO Dash being the two main players with CPLEX having by far the largest market share). Gurobi was founded by Zonghau Gu, Ed Rothberg and Bob Bixby in 2008. The three of them were instrumental in the development of  CPLEX, the [...]

First Look – Rogue Wave

Rogue Wave Software is a company I know through their acquisition of Visual Numerics (VNI) (first reviewed here). Owned by Battery Ventures, Rogue Wave operates independently and is profitable. Their objective is to create scale in the development tool and embeddable component space focusing on high-performance computing – both in the traditional HPC environments and [...]

I got a second look at VNI's product this week - I took a first look last year. VNI has been continuing to OEM its products to folks from around the world. Their customers are in many different areas like Investor Analytics (SaaS for financial risk management optimization), Moore Nanotechnology Systems machinery and RiskMetrics Group [...]