|By Bob Gourley||
|October 18, 2013 11:36 AM EDT||
By Bob Gourley
Editor’s note: This list first appeared on our site Analyst One. -bg
In March 2011 Businessweek quoted Cloudera’s Mike Olson describing a “Cambrian explosion” of corporate analytical technology. Mike really nailed it with that one. With the continuous development of advanced infrastructure based around Apache Hadoop there has been an incredible amount of innovation around enterprise “Big Data” technologies, including in the analytical tool space.
This is great for analysts! But it poses some challenges. How do you know which technologies deserve your time and energy? Which firms have something so important that you should push hard to get them into your enterprise? Those are questions we would like to help you address.
We have produced The Analyst One Top Technologies List to help you address those questions. This is a short list of firms that can help you narrow your search for the right analyst-facing capabilities for your organization. We list our methodologies at the end of the list.
The Analyst One Top Technologies List
H2O by 0xdata brings better algorithms to big data. H2O is the open source math & machine learning platform for speed and scale. With H2O enterprises can use all of their data (instead of sampling) in real-time for better predictions. Data Scientists can take both simple & sophisticated models to production from the same interactive platform used for modeling, within R and JSON. H2O is also used as an algorithms library for Making Hadoop Do Math. 0xdata customers have built powerful domain specific predictive engines for Recommendations, Pricing and Outlier detection in Fraud & Insurance. 0xdata is the maker of H2O and nurturing a grassroots movement of math, systems and data scientists to herald the new wave of Discovery with Big Data Science.
Alpine Data Labs makes data science on Big Data accessible to everyone. Alpine has simplified popular machine-learning methods and made them available on petabyte-scale datasets. Alpine’s lightweight web application does this by leveraging the parallel processing power of Hadoop and MPP databases. They deliver on the promise of Hadoop and Big Data, by providing a collaborative and intuitive visual environment for teams to quickly create and deploy analytics workflows and predictive models.
Alteryx, a leader in Strategic Analytics, dramatically improves data analysts’ productivity. The solution enables analysts to blend complex data, build sophisticated analytics in a much easier way than tools like SAS, and simplify how business users consume analytic insights. Analytic applications built on Alteryx enable executives to identify and seize market opportunities, outsmart their competitors, increase customer loyalty and drive more revenue. More than 300 customers, including Experian Marketing Services and McDonald’s, and 200,000+ users worldwide rely on Alteryx daily.
ClearStory Data is making it easy for business users to find, combine and interactively analyze big, diverse data across first-party and third-party sources for immediate insights. The ClearStory Data team has decades of combined experience at Aster Data, BusinessObjects, Cloudera, Google, Facebook, Netscape, Opsware, Oracle, Salesforce.com and Teradata, The company is backed by investments from Andreessen Horowitz, Google Ventures, Khosla Ventures, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Silicon Valley industry leaders.
Cloudera pioneered the business case for Hadoop with CDH, the world’s most comprehensive, tested and widely deployed distribution of Hadoop. Its Platform for Big Data, Cloudera Enterprise, empowers enterprises to Ask Bigger Questions™ and gain rich, actionable insights from all their data to derive real business value and competitive advantage. As the top contributor to the Apache open source community and leading educator of data professionals, with tens of thousands of nodes under management and hundreds of customers across diverse markets, Cloudera is the category leader that sets the standard for Hadoop in the enterprise. Cloudera delivers capabilities of direct interest to analysts, including tools for data provenance and data search as well as other analytics capabilities. Cloudera also enables almost every other analytical technology available on the Big Data market today.
Cloudwick is a leader in Big Data people, process and technology transformation. With more than 60,000 hours of Cloudera, Hortonworks, MapR and DataStax production services to leading Fortune 1000 clients like Bank of America, FINRA, Visa, American Express, T-Mobile, Apixio and NetApp Cloudwick is the right partner for your Big Data project. Talk to Cloudwick if you need a team player, team lead or an entire team for your Big Data project.
Datameer’s Hadoop-based Big Data Analytics solution makes it easy for business users to discover insights in any data, regardless of its structure, size or source. With wizard-based data integration, schema-free, advanced analytics and sophisticated data visualization capabilities, Datameer is fully extensible and easily integrates into existing data infrastructures. Datameer scales from a laptop to thousands of nodes and is available for all major Hadoop distributions including Apache, Cloudera, EMC, Hortonworks, IBM, MapR, Yahoo!, Amazon and Microsoft. The Datameer Analytics App Market provides pre-built analytic applications built by subject matter experts to jumpstart the process on common analytical tasks.
DataRPM delivers industry’s first natural language and search-based Business Intelligence platform for Big Data that can be embedded into Data of Everything including software, streaming data, websites, blogs, intranets etc. either on the cloud or on premises. DataRPM’s ground breaking computational search technology enables users to mash-up data from any source for real-time ad-hoc analysis with the ability to just ask questions or search and get back results with rich visualizations and interactive capability to slice-dice, drill-down, filter and collaborate in-place among stakeholders to make informed decisions. DataRPM is privately held and venture funded. It was recognized as one of DC’s hottest startups by the Tech Cocktail Showcase and is ranked as a Top 50 analytics company by Signl.
DataTorrent is the first data & action platform in the world that can instantaneously process streaming data on a massive-scale. Built exclusively on Hadoop 2.0, it lets enterprises process, monitor, analyze, and act on massive amounts of unstructured or structured data in real-time. DataTorrent runs directly in your Hadoop cluster in memory and handles the processing and transformation of your data instantaneously, with built-in fault tolerance and elasticity. Unlike traditional batch processing that can literally take hours, DataTorrent enables immediate “NowTime” decision making.
DECISIVE ANALYTICS Corporation (DAC) is engaged by commercial and government clients to solve their most complex analytical problems. Their CONTOUR product is designed to digest large volumes of data to distill hidden relationships and meanings. With the ability to work with text, video or voice, in both structured and unstructured formats, users can analyze big data from the web, Twitter, Facebook, Youtube or any database of interest to obtain intelligent information responsive to user queries. Of particular interest is CONTOUR’s ability to detect and accurately analyze sentiment which has a significant return for investment and marketing research.
Digital Reasoning enables the automated understanding of human communication. Digital Reasoning’s award-winning machine learning platform, Synthesys, identifies threats, risks and opportunities by transforming information into a private Knowledge Graph. Digital Reasoning is headquartered outside of Nashville, Tennessee, with offices in Washington, D.C., and New York.
Haystax/Digital Sandbox provides analytic software products and services for threat and risk analysis and monitoring to National Security, Public Safety, and Homeland Security missions. Federal, State, and Local agencies use Digital Sandbox commercial software product suites to quantify and monitor risks from natural and man-made threats, and to direct resources based on threat and risk priorities. Digital Sandbox’s suite of secure and cloud-deployable software tools provide geospatial, temporal, and real-time streaming information feeds to monitor threats and risks for analysts, field operations teams and command staff. Digital Sandbox technology employs patented risk analytics to fuse multiple, disparate information streams and identify priority information dynamically based on sophisticated models of threat and risk. These analytics are deployed onto the Digital Sandbox commercial software platform and provided directly to operational users through visual displays in command centers, analytic cells, and in the field on mobile platforms.
Kapow Software, a Kofax company, provides an agile Big Data integration platform that organizations rely on to nimbly extract critical information from any source – be it conventional or big data – then make it actionable and accessible across the organization. Kapow Software helps modernize the workplace, improves business processes, and drives better business results. It’s trusted by hundreds of large global enterprises, including Audi, Intel, Fiserv, Deutsche Telekom, NetApp and more than a dozen federal agencies. For more information, please visit: www.kapowsoftware.com.
Karmasphere powers full-fidelity analytics on Hadoop with the most streamlined, open and enterprise-ready approach to Big Data analytics on the market today. The Karmasphere Workspace for Big Data Analytics is uniquely designed to natively extract value from Big Data without the need for abstraction or replication, which significantly reduces total cost of ownership and complexity. To make Big Data readily available to both data and business analysts, Karmasphere provides both Hadoop-standard SQL and visual data exploration. Karmasphere makes it easier for customers, such as Autodesk, Chevron, Chillingo, Intel and Supervalu, to deeply understand their customers and optimize their products, services and customer experience.
LucidWorks, the trusted name in Search, Discovery and Analytics, transforms the way people access information to enable data-driven decisions. Leveraging both structured and unstructured data built on the power of Apache Lucene/Solr open source search, LucidWorks delivers unmatched stability, scalability, and time-to-delivery for search applications. LucidWorks Search provides ease of use development to access up to billions of documents with sub-second query and faceting response time. LucidWorks Big Data tightly integrates key Apache projects needed to build and deploy applications providing ubiquitous access to the data trapped inside Hadoop.
Pentaho is building the future of business analytics. Pentaho’s open source heritage drives continued innovation in a modern, integrated, embeddable platform built for accessing all data sources. With support for all of the leading Hadoop distributions, NoSQL databases and high performance analytic databases, Pentaho provides the broadest support for big data analytics, as well as integration and orchestration of big data and traditional sources.
Platfora’s mission is to empower customers to transform their businesses into fact-based enterprises. Platfora masks the complexity of Hadoop, making it easy for customers to understand all the facts in their business across events, actions, behaviors and time. Follow @platfora and #FactBased on twitter.
Web intelligence is an emerging intelligence capability that draws on the web: the richest real-time information about the world, generated and updated by millions of people every day. Recorded Future organizes this flood of rich, real-time reporting to reveal competitive and risk insights, using a Temporal Analytics™ Engine. Their capabilities serve a wide variety of missions, from predicting market activity to assessing cyber threats to assessing overall risk.
Revelytix produces enterprise software empowering data scientists and business analysts working with Hadoop-based datasets. The Loom Registry brings order to the chaos of Hadoop clusters by managing datasets, recording workflows, and capturing complete data lineage and provenance information. The Loom Server simplifies MapReduce using an extensible workflow paradigm, automatically updating the Loom Registry with workflow results. Revelytix unlocks the full potential of Hadoop — with Loom.
Revolution Analytics delivers advanced analytics software at half the cost of existing solutions. The company brings high performance, productivity, and enterprise readiness to open source R, the most powerful statistics software in the world. To equip R for the demands and requirements the modern data-driven business, Revolution Analytics builds on open source R with innovations in big data analysis, integration and enterprise deployment. Leading organizations including Merck, Bank of America and Mu Sigma rely on Revolution R Enterprise for their data analysis, development and mission-critical production needs. Revolution Analytics is committed to fostering the growth of the R community, and offers free licenses of Revolution R Enterprise to academia. Revolution Analytics is headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif. and backed by North Bridge Venture Partners and Intel Capital.
SitScape’s award-winning, Web-based, User-Defined-Operating-Picture (UDOP) software product delivers the promise of on-demand situational awareness and information at-a-glance with zero infrastructure changes. It empowers knowledge workers to quickly assemble lightweight visual composite Web applications in minutes.
Tableau Software helps people see and understand data. Tableau’s award-winning software delivers fast analytics, visualization and rapid-fire business intelligence on data of any size, format, or subject. The result? Anyone can get answers from data quickly, with no programming required. From executive dashboards to ad-hoc reports, Tableau lets you share mobile and browser-based, interactive analytics in a few clicks. More than 9,000 organizations, including some of the world’s largest enterprises, rely on Tableau Software. Learn more at: www.tableausoftware.com.
Founded by Stephen Wolfram in 1987, Wolfram Research is one of the world’s most respected software companies-as well as a powerhouse of scientific and technical innovation. As pioneers in computational science and the computational paradigm, we have pursued a long-term vision to develop the science, technology, and tools to make computation an ever-more-potent force in the world. At the center is Mathematica, our ever-advancing core product that launched modern technical computing and has become the world’s most powerful global computation system. Mathematica represents a unique blend of major research breakthroughs, outstanding user-oriented design, and world-class software engineering.
Designed to support Big Data, Zoomdata’s Stream Processing technology delivers real time data feeds to tablet and browser based devices. Through the use of touch screen devices, users are able to interact with data in real time, rewind the data, compare the data and share views with their colleagues.
We firmly believe that technologies must be supported by strong companies, so we focus on companies with proven ability to serve in real enterprises. In most cases we select VC backed firms because those come with staying power. We love open source, but open source solutions should also be supported by a strong firm. We also believe it is important to only report on firms that have products that are really available now (no vaporware). Additionally, we believe most firms that have a capability that can make a difference for the modern analyst will be interested in demonstrating that capability at Hadoop World. This last assumption allowed us to get a jumpstart on our first list. We started our process by reviewing the full list of sponsors and exhibitors at the coming Hadoop World (for a full list of all exhibitors see here). We then reviewed previous research at our CTOlabs.com and CTOvision.com sites to round out this initial list.
We know our methodology has some holes. But as good analysts we are going to keep our eyes and ears open for other technologies we can report on and will modify this list as required. We also know we have you, dear readers, to check our assumptions and give us feedback on the list. If you have or know of a firm we should consider for this, let us know by completing our Analytical Technology Survey Form.
Software AG helps organizations transform into Digital Enterprises, so they can differentiate from competitors and better engage customers, partners and employees. Using the Software AG Suite, companies can close the gap between business and IT to create digital systems of differentiation that drive front-line agility. We offer four on-ramps to the Digital Enterprise: alignment through collaborative process analysis; transformation through portfolio management; agility through process automation and integration; and visibility through intelligent business operations and big data.
Sep. 30, 2014 10:30 AM EDT Reads: 1,385
There will be 50 billion Internet connected devices by 2020. Today, every manufacturer has a propriety protocol and an app. How do we securely integrate these "things" into our lives and businesses in a way that we can easily control and manage? Even better, how do we integrate these "things" so that they control and manage each other so our lives become more convenient or our businesses become more profitable and/or safe? We have heard that the best interface is no interface. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Chris Matthieu, Co-Founder & CTO at Octoblu, Inc., will discuss how these devices generate enough data to learn our behaviors and simplify/improve our lives. What if we could connect everything to everything? I'm not only talking about connecting things to things but also systems, cloud services, and people. Add in a little machine learning and artificial intelligence and now we have something interesting...
Sep. 29, 2014 06:45 AM EDT Reads: 1,838
Last week, while in San Francisco, I used the Uber app and service four times. All four experiences were great, although one of the drivers stopped for 30 seconds and then left as I was walking up to the car. He must have realized I was a blogger. None the less, the next car was just a minute away and I suffered no pain. In this article, my colleague, Ved Sen, Global Head, Advisory Services Social, Mobile and Sensors at Cognizant shares his experiences and insights.
Sep. 28, 2014 09:45 AM EDT Reads: 1,507
We are reaching the end of the beginning with WebRTC and real systems using this technology have begun to appear. One challenge that faces every WebRTC deployment (in some form or another) is identity management. For example, if you have an existing service – possibly built on a variety of different PaaS/SaaS offerings – and you want to add real-time communications you are faced with a challenge relating to user management, authentication, authorization, and validation. Service providers will want to use their existing identities, but these will have credentials already that are (hopefully) irreversibly encoded. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Peter Dunkley, Technical Director at Acision, will look at how this identity problem can be solved and discuss ways to use existing web identities for real-time communication.
Sep. 27, 2014 11:30 PM EDT Reads: 1,870
Can call centers hang up the phones for good? Intuitive Solutions did. WebRTC enabled this contact center provider to eliminate antiquated telephony and desktop phone infrastructure with a pure web-based solution, allowing them to expand beyond brick-and-mortar confines to a home-based agent model. It also ensured scalability and better service for customers, including MUY! Companies, one of the country's largest franchise restaurant companies with 232 Pizza Hut locations. This is one example of WebRTC adoption today, but the potential is limitless when powered by IoT. Attendees will learn real-world benefits of WebRTC and explore future possibilities, as WebRTC and IoT intersect to improve customer service.
Sep. 27, 2014 10:30 PM EDT Reads: 1,793
From telemedicine to smart cars, digital homes and industrial monitoring, the explosive growth of IoT has created exciting new business opportunities for real time calls and messaging. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Ivelin Ivanov, CEO and Co-Founder of Telestax, will share some of the new revenue sources that IoT created for Restcomm – the open source telephony platform from Telestax. Ivelin Ivanov is a technology entrepreneur who founded Mobicents, an Open Source VoIP Platform, to help create, deploy, and manage applications integrating voice, video and data. He is the co-founder of TeleStax, an Open Source Cloud Communications company that helps the shift from legacy IN/SS7 telco networks to IP-based cloud comms. An early investor in multiple start-ups, he still finds time to code for his companies and contribute to open source projects.
Sep. 27, 2014 10:30 PM EDT Reads: 2,255
The Internet of Things (IoT) promises to create new business models as significant as those that were inspired by the Internet and the smartphone 20 and 10 years ago. What business, social and practical implications will this phenomenon bring? That's the subject of "Monetizing the Internet of Things: Perspectives from the Front Lines," an e-book released today and available free of charge from Aria Systems, the leading innovator in recurring revenue management.
Sep. 27, 2014 09:45 PM EDT Reads: 2,451
The Internet of Things will put IT to its ultimate test by creating infinite new opportunities to digitize products and services, generate and analyze new data to improve customer satisfaction, and discover new ways to gain a competitive advantage across nearly every industry. In order to help corporate business units to capitalize on the rapidly evolving IoT opportunities, IT must stand up to a new set of challenges.
Sep. 27, 2014 08:45 PM EDT Reads: 2,328
There’s Big Data, then there’s really Big Data from the Internet of Things. IoT is evolving to include many data possibilities like new types of event, log and network data. The volumes are enormous, generating tens of billions of logs per day, which raise data challenges. Early IoT deployments are relying heavily on both the cloud and managed service providers to navigate these challenges. In her session at 6th Big Data Expo®, Hannah Smalltree, Director at Treasure Data, to discuss how IoT, Big Data and deployments are processing massive data volumes from wearables, utilities and other machines.
Sep. 27, 2014 01:00 PM EDT Reads: 2,013
All major researchers estimate there will be tens of billions devices – computers, smartphones, tablets, and sensors – connected to the Internet by 2020. This number will continue to grow at a rapid pace for the next several decades. With major technology companies and startups seriously embracing IoT strategies, now is the perfect time to attend @ThingsExpo in Silicon Valley. Learn what is going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enterprise is as "IoT-Ready" as it can be!
Sep. 27, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Reads: 2,176
P2P RTC will impact the landscape of communications, shifting from traditional telephony style communications models to OTT (Over-The-Top) cloud assisted & PaaS (Platform as a Service) communication services. The P2P shift will impact many areas of our lives, from mobile communication, human interactive web services, RTC and telephony infrastructure, user federation, security and privacy implications, business costs, and scalability. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Erik Lagerway, Co-founder of Hookflash, will walk through the shifting landscape of traditional telephone and voice services to the modern P2P RTC era of OTT cloud assisted services.
Sep. 26, 2014 11:45 PM EDT Reads: 1,502
While great strides have been made relative to the video aspects of remote collaboration, audio technology has basically stagnated. Typically all audio is mixed to a single monaural stream and emanates from a single point, such as a speakerphone or a speaker associated with a video monitor. This leads to confusion and lack of understanding among participants especially regarding who is actually speaking. Spatial teleconferencing introduces the concept of acoustic spatial separation between conference participants in three dimensional space. This has been shown to significantly improve comprehension and conference efficiency.
Sep. 26, 2014 10:45 PM EDT Reads: 1,441
The Internet of Things is tied together with a thin strand that is known as time. Coincidentally, at the core of nearly all data analytics is a timestamp. When working with time series data there are a few core principles that everyone should consider, especially across datasets where time is the common boundary. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Jim Scott, Director of Enterprise Strategy & Architecture at MapR Technologies, will discuss single-value, geo-spatial, and log time series data. By focusing on enterprise applications and the data center, he will use OpenTSDB as an example to explain some of these concepts including when to use different storage models.
Sep. 26, 2014 07:45 PM EDT Reads: 2,261
SYS-CON Events announced today that Gridstore™, the leader in software-defined storage (SDS) purpose-built for Windows Servers and Hyper-V, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 15th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Gridstore™ is the leader in software-defined storage purpose built for virtualization that is designed to accelerate applications in virtualized environments. Using its patented Server-Side Virtual Controller™ Technology (SVCT) to eliminate the I/O blender effect and accelerate applications Gridstore delivers vmOptimized™ Storage that self-optimizes to each application or VM across both virtual and physical environments. Leveraging a grid architecture, Gridstore delivers the first end-to-end storage QoS to ensure the most important App or VM performance is never compromised. The storage grid, that uses Gridstore’s performance optimized nodes or capacity optimized nodes, starts with as few a...
Sep. 26, 2014 06:15 PM EDT Reads: 1,622
The Transparent Cloud-computing Consortium (abbreviation: T-Cloud Consortium) will conduct research activities into changes in the computing model as a result of collaboration between "device" and "cloud" and the creation of new value and markets through organic data processing High speed and high quality networks, and dramatic improvements in computer processing capabilities, have greatly changed the nature of applications and made the storing and processing of data on the network commonplace. These technological reforms have not only changed computers and smartphones, but are also changing the data processing model for all information devices. In particular, in the area known as M2M (Machine-To-Machine), there are great expectations that information with a new type of value can be produced using a variety of devices and sensors saving/sharing data via the network and through large-scale cloud-type data processing. This consortium believes that attaching a huge number of devic...
Sep. 26, 2014 06:00 PM EDT Reads: 1,555
Innodisk is a service-driven provider of industrial embedded flash and DRAM storage products and technologies, with a focus on the enterprise, industrial, aerospace, and defense industries. Innodisk is dedicated to serving their customers and business partners. Quality is vitally important when it comes to industrial embedded flash and DRAM storage products. That’s why Innodisk manufactures all of their products in their own purpose-built memory production facility. In fact, they designed and built their production center to maximize manufacturing efficiency and guarantee the highest quality of our products.
Sep. 26, 2014 05:00 PM EDT Reads: 1,554
All major researchers estimate there will be tens of billions devices - computers, smartphones, tablets, and sensors - connected to the Internet by 2020. This number will continue to grow at a rapid pace for the next several decades. Over the summer Gartner released its much anticipated annual Hype Cycle report and the big news is that Internet of Things has now replaced Big Data as the most hyped technology. Indeed, we're hearing more and more about this fascinating new technological paradigm. Every other IT news item seems to be about IoT and its implications on the future of digital business.
Sep. 26, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Reads: 2,036
Can call centers hang up the phones for good? Intuitive Solutions did. WebRTC enabled this contact center provider to eliminate antiquated telephony and desktop phone infrastructure with a pure web-based solution, allowing them to expand beyond brick-and-mortar confines to a home-based agent model. Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here
Sep. 26, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Reads: 1,506
BSQUARE is a global leader of embedded software solutions. We enable smart connected systems at the device level and beyond that millions use every day and provide actionable data solutions for the growing Internet of Things (IoT) market. We empower our world-class customers with our products, services and solutions to achieve innovation and success. For more information, visit www.bsquare.com.
Sep. 26, 2014 09:45 AM EDT Reads: 1,404
With the iCloud scandal seemingly in its past, Apple announced new iPhones, updates to iPad and MacBook as well as news on OSX Yosemite. Although consumers will have to wait to get their hands on some of that new stuff, what they can get is the latest release of iOS 8 that Apple made available for most in-market iPhones and iPads. Originally announced at WWDC (Apple’s annual developers conference) in June, iOS 8 seems to spearhead Apple’s newfound focus upon greater integration of their products into everyday tasks, cross-platform mobility and self-monitoring. Before you update your device, here is a look at some of the new features and things you may want to consider from a mobile security perspective.
Sep. 26, 2014 09:00 AM EDT Reads: 1,377