David Menninger's Analyst Perspectives

Yahoo Spins Out Hadoop to Create Hortonworks

Posted by Ventana Research on Jun 28, 2011 11:48:16 PM

For months the speculation was rampant, and now the rumors have proven to be true. Yahoo has officially announced that it will become a player in the emerging Hadoop market. Hadoop provides distributed computing capabilities that enable organizations to process very large amounts of data quickly. Backed by Yahoo and Benchmark Capital, a new entity called Hortonworks has formed around a team from Yahoo that consists of more than 20 key architects of and contributors to the Apache Hadoop project. The company will start with some 25 employees and “will be hiring aggressively from our collective networks,” according to Rob Bearden, Hortonworks president and COO.

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Topics: Big Data, Business Analytics, Business Intelligence, Business Performance, Customer & Contact Center, Financial Performance, Operational Intelligence, Sales Performance, Social Media, Supply Chain Performance, Workforce Performance, Strata+Hadoop

InetSoft Advances Business Intelligence to Deliver Business Analytics

Posted by David Menninger on Jun 24, 2011 10:55:19 AM

InetSoft is a business intelligence vendor that is not well-known but has more than 3,000 customers. Why do you need to know about another BI vendor? As I’ve written in the past, there’s a place in this market for both the megavendors and smaller vendors. InetSoft, one of the latter, has developed a broad set of capabilities over the years that have resonated with its customers. It recently announced and brought to market a significant new release, Style Intelligence 11.   

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Topics: Business Analytics, Business Collaboration, Business Intelligence, Business Performance, Customer & Contact Center, Financial Performance, InetSoft, Information Applications, Sales Performance, Supply Chain Performance, CIO

Pentaho 4 Unites Enterprise Business Intelligence and Data Integration

Posted by David Menninger on Jun 22, 2011 10:26:10 AM

As recently as two years ago, Pentaho was all about open source business intelligence. The company used an open source business model to build a base of more than 1,200 paying customers and establish more than 8,000 production deployments. It still has an open source business model, but the company has created a broad yet integrated product line that deserves to be evaluated on its features, not just its licensing scheme. This week Pentaho announced version 4.0 of its BI suite along with version 4.2 of Pentaho Data Integration (aka Kettle). 

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Topics: Business Analytics, Business Intelligence, Business Performance, Customer & Contact Center, Financial Performance, OLAP, Pentaho, Sales Performance, Social Media, Supply Chain Performance, Visualization, Workforce Performance

Cloudera Supports Hadoop with New Distribution and Enterprise Version

Posted by David Menninger on Jun 19, 2011 7:36:37 AM

Cloudera is riding the wave of big data. I first learned about the company while working at Vertica, one of Cloudera’s partners. Customers that managed large amounts of structured relational data also needed to process large amounts of semistructured data such as the type found in web logs and application logs. The emerging channel of social media provided another source of data lacking the structure that would lend itself to analysis in a relational database. Other organizations needed to perform calculations and analyses that were difficult to express in SQL. Seeing this market Cloudera recognized earlier than others an opportunity to leverage the Apache Hadoop project; it has been offering the Cloudera Distribution for Hadoop (CDH) since early 2009.

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Topics: Big Data, Business Analytics, Business Intelligence, Business Performance, CDH3, Cloudera, Customer & Contact Center, Information Management, Predictive Analytics, Sales Performance, Social Media, Supply Chain Performance, Strata+Hadoop

IBM Gets Smarter about Predictive Analytics

Posted by David Menninger on Jun 17, 2011 1:02:00 PM

I recently attended IBM’s analyst summit on business analytics. Since last year’s event was largely a preview of Cognos 10, which was several years in the making, I wondered what this year’s event would be about. IBM focused much of the attention on predictive analytics, strengthened by its acquisition of SPSS. My colleague Robert Kugel covered another theme from the event in his post on Cognos Planning

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Topics: Business Analytics, Business Intelligence, Business Performance, Customer & Contact Center, Financial Performance, Operational Intelligence, Predictive Analytics, Sales Performance, Social Media, Supply Chain Performance, Workforce Performance

Informatica Joins Big Data Market with New Release

Posted by David Menninger on Jun 8, 2011 1:13:34 PM

Informatica has announced version 9.1 for Big Data.  I wrote previously about Informatica 9.1,the latest iteration of the company’s data integration platform, following its industry analyst summit. At that event in February, the company officials alluded to future plans regarding Hadoop and other big-data sources yet to be finalized. This announcement reveals those plans. Informatica will support three types of “big data”: big transaction data from relational databases and data warehouse system, big interaction data from social media, customer interaction systems and other systems, and big data processing, which means Hadoop, the open source software framework. Let’s look at each of these types.  

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Topics: Big Data, Business Collaboration, Business Mobility, Business Performance, Customer & Contact Center, Data Integration, Informatica, MapReduce, Social Media, Supply Chain Performance, Strata+Hadoop