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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

There’s a great even coming up in August for anyone looking for some online sessions on business intelligence, data warehousing and analytics. The Oracle BIWA SIG is holding its Virtual Summit 2012, two FREE days of Education, on  August 15th and August 16th. I am giving the opening keynote talking about the move from business [...]

I recently completed and Teradata has just published a new case study- Beyond the Data Warehouse – Telenor Pakistan’s journey into Advanced Analytics. This was an interesting case study to write, covering multiple data-centric applications that went well beyond the basics of reporting and dashboards. Data and analytic insight are being used to route calls, make cross-sell [...]

First Look – Skytree Server

Skytree is singularly focused on advanced analytics, machine learning on massive datasets. They have been in development for several years and are based in Silicon Valley (with engineering teams there and in Atlanta) and the product was officially launched in 2012. They believe that machine learning will be at the core of solutions for big [...]

Steve Mills kicked off the IBM Smarter Analytics Leadership Summit. Business Analytics matter, he says, as shown by the focus of CEOs (8 out of 10 expect complexity to increase, enterprises applying analytics are more successful etc). The need for analytics is pervasive, with every industry seeing a massive expansion in the volume of data [...]

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 [...]

Time for a quick session or two at FICO World. Chip Clarke and Andrew Beckman presented on the use of customer-level TRIAD to continuously improve their collection results for their retail banking products – to do “Adaptive Control”. Adaptive control, for those not familiar with the term, means continually challenging the way you make decisions [...]

First Look – IBM InfoSphere

I got an update on IBM InfoSphere recently. InfoSphere handles information integration, master data management, lifecycle management, privacy and security, warehousing, big data (as described here in a previous post on IBM’s Big Data platform). Independent integration is the challenge that IBM sees as being at the heart of data and information management. They define [...]

IBM has recently announced a new strategy for bringing Big Data to the enterprise. In particular this includes InfoSphere Streams v2 (announced April 12) and InfoSphere BigInsights 1.1 announced today. Big Data is an issue, of course, largely because the amount of data available to organizations is growing rapidly. Surveys show that many managers already [...]

One of the hot topics these days in analytics is “in-database” or “in-warehouse” analytics. I have blogged about multiple products in this space including the work SAS has done with Teradata, Aster, DB2 , Netezza  and Greenplum, the work Revolution Analytics has done with Netezza, Angoss and FuzzyLogix (described in this report). With all this [...]

First Look – G Stat

G-Stat is a privately held Israeli company focused on advanced analytical and data mining solutions. The founder of G-Stat began his career as an econometrician, focusing on large time-series data initially. Then he worked at the Bank of Israel in IT helping translate what the economists and others needed into information systems. He rapidly became [...]

I saw an interesting press announcement the other day about Activant’s new business rules functionality. Activant (who recently agreed to be acquired and merged with Epicor) is an ERP provider focused on distribution and retail – 60% of revenues come from retail and 40% from distribution. Activant as a whole has 15,000 customers concentrated in [...]

10 announcements at SAS Global Forum – some in the technology arena mostly around partnerships, some specific to solutions areas like customer intelligence, one industry specific one and several related to customers and their use of analytics. Ketih Collins, CTO of SAS, started talking about the high performance computing announcements with EMC Greenplum and Teradata. [...]

I caught up with SAS recently to discuss their high-performance computing products. SAS’ high performance computing products are designed to address some known customer challenges such as underutilized computing resources, rapidly growing data volume and complexity, unnecessary data movement, and slow time to results because underlying hardware infrastructure is maxed out. Add in a general [...]

Teradata announced its intent to acquire Aster Data today. Obviously this is big news in analytics-land and I participated in a call where the two companies gave some quick information. The driver for the acquisition seems t be an increasing focus on generally unstructured and untapped data and expanding the Teradata portfolio into this adjacent [...]

An Update – SAP BI and EIM 4.0

It’s been a while since a major release of BusinessObjects/SAP BI so 4.0 is a big deal – over a million person hours invested. SAP’s overall focus is to help companies “run smarter” and obviously the work on BI 4.0 has to be part of this overall environment – how do analytics help companies run [...]