Tag Archives: In-Database Analytics

Still More Comments on Microsoft and Revolution Analytics

Three full business days post-announcement, and stories continue to roll in. Stephen Sowyer of TDWI writes an excellent summary of what Microsoft will likely do with Revolution Analytics.  He correctly notes, for example, that Microsoft is unlikely to develop a business user interface for R with code-generating capabilities (comparable to SAS Enterprise Guide, for example).  This is difficult to do,

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Distributed Analytics: A Primer

Can we leverage distributed computing for machine learning and predictive analytics? The question keeps surfacing in different contexts, so I thought I’d take a few minutes to write an overview of the topic. The question is important for four reasons: Source data for analytics frequently resides in distributed data platforms, such as MPP appliances or Hadoop; In many cases, the

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Latest Forrester Analytics “Wave”

Forrester’s latest assessment of predictive analytics vendors is available here;  news reports summarizing the report are here, here and here. A few comments: (1) While the “Wave” analysis purports to be an assessment of “Predictive Analytics Solutions for Big Data”, it is actually an assessment of vendor scale.  You can save yourself $2,495 by rank-ordering vendors by revenue and get similar results. (2) The

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Fact-Check: SAS and Greenplum

Does SAS run “inside” Greenplum?  Can existing SAS programs run faster in Greenplum without modification?  Clients say that their EMC rep makes such claims. The first claim rests on confusion about EMC Greenplum’s product line.  It’s important to distinguish between Greenplum Database and Greenplum DCA.  Greenplum DCA is a rack of commodity blade servers which can be configured with Greenplum

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Deconstructing SAS Analytics Accelerator

Now and then I get queries from clients about SAS Analytics Accelerator, an in-database product that SAS supports exclusively with Teradata database.  SAS does not publicize sales figures for individual products, so we don’t know for sure how widely Analytics Accelerator is used.  There are some clues, however. Although SAS released this product in 2008, it has published no customer

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