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First Look: DataRobot

DataRobot is focused on automated machine learning and on helping customers build an AI driven business, especially by focusing on decisions that can be automated using machine learning and other AI technologies. DataRobot was founded in 2012 and currently has nearly 200 staff including 90+ data scientists. Since it was founded, over 200M models have [...]

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. [...]

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 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 [...]

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: 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 [...]

SAS is upgrading its in-memory analytics products with SAS® Visual Statistics (forthcoming) and SAS® In-Memory Statistics for Hadoop. SAS In-Memory Statistics for Hadoop is available now and SAS Visual Statistics is going to be shipping in July of 2014. SAS Visual Statistics is based on the SAS® LASR™ Analytic Server for in-memory processing and is [...]

The third post in my series on standards in Predictive Analytics is on R, a hot topic in analytic circles these days. R is fundamentally an interpreted language for statistical computing and for the graphical display of results associated with these statistics. Highly extensible, it is available as free and open source software. The core environment [...]

First Look: RapidMiner 6 Update

I last got an update on RapidMiner back in March 2012. The company was founded in 2007 and has 40 employees worldwide. The free product has reached 10,000 downloads a month and the product has some 35,000 active deployments with over 500 customers worldwide (40 added in the last 6 months). The company recently secured [...]

Neil focused his session on Analytics. Analytics, he says, has roared to the front office in recent years (driven in part by the explosion of data and data management technology). Big, as in Big Data, is relative. The rate of increase has not particularly changed in recent years but the rate of increase is being [...]

First Look: Via Science

I got a chance to catch up with Via Science recently [Post updated June 2014 to reflect some changes in terminology]. Via Science is focused on “Big Math” for “big data.” They see big data companies spanning from data collection to search/storage to analysis/visualization. Big Math - the category in which they like to put [...]

Since I last wrote about Revolution Analytics (back when they announced their Netezza relationship) they have added some new management and are growing fast. In particular they see lots of big data experimentation evolving into actual projects. To recap, Revolution Analytics is a commercial analytics company based on the open source R statistics language. The [...]

First Look: Angoss 8.5

I got an update on release 8.0 from Angoss last year and they subsequently released 8.5 in November 2012 with new functionality in KnowledgeSTUDIO and KnowledgeSEEKER. Particular improvements came in their additive scorecard interface with the addition of reject inference. Data visualization and reporting got an update too and they added the ability to import [...]

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™ [...]

High-Performance Analytics from SAS consists of SAS Grid Computing, SAS In-Database Analytics and SAS In-Memory Analytics. The latter component has a new addition in the form of SAS High-Performance Analytics (SAS HPA), which was announced in Dec. 2011. SAS HPA is appliance-ready software that uses hardware from database partners (Teradata or EMC Greenplum) for high [...]

Rapid Insight was founded 10 years ago to develop tools that were easier for analysts to use to quickly extract meaning from data. Rapid Insight has been focused in higher education until recently and is expanding into fund raising and other areas. Rapid Insight Analytics is a pure data mining or predictive analytic workbench designed [...]

Fuzzy Logix is an advanced analytics software solution and services company headquartered in Charlotte North Carolina, with offices in Cupertino California, Richmond, Virginia and distribution channels throughout the world. Fuzzy Logix provides an in-database analytics solution, supporting both in-database model construction and in-database scoring.  They also offer in-GPU solutions, which allow users to access potentially [...]

I got an update from Predixion Software recently. Predixion, as I have blogged before, was founded in 2009 and is focused on disrupting the predictive analytics market by making it easier to build and deploy predictive analytics. Their core belief is that success with predictive analytics is going to require the broadening of the range [...]

KNIME is an open source data analytics product based in Zurich, Switzerland that I last wrote about a couple of years ago. They have been working away on the product since then (having started development in 2004 and released their enterprise components in 2010) and have been refining their business plan at the same time. [...]

First Look – JMP Pro

I got my first look at JMP recently. JMP originally stood for “John’s Macintosh Project” apparently but is now a major business unit of SAS that has operated independently since 1989. It has about 180 employees and 250,000 users worldwide. The product has long since supported both Windows and Mac platforms and is a full [...]