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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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More Comments on Microsoft + Revolution Analytics

My inbox continues to fill with Google Alerts about Microsoft’s announced purchase of Revolution Analytics — too numerous to link. Most of these stories simply repackage the Microsoft announcement. Clint Boulton of the WSJ’s CIO Journal writes one of the best analyses: Microsoft is betting on the timeliness of its acquisition as more businesses adopt analytics. Revolution’s software helps companies

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Microsoft Buys Revolution Analytics

On Friday, January 23, Microsoft announced an agreement to acquire Revolution Analytics.  Coverage of the announcement in the media is extensive, with stories by TechCrunch, Wired, ZDNet, VentureBeat and many others (here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here.) Microsoft did not disclose the negotiated purchase price; Revolution’s total capitalization

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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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Smart Money: Venture Capital for Analytics 2013

Thanks to Crunchbase’s downloadable database, we can report that in 2013 investors poured more than $2 billion into Analytic startups, up 38% from 2012.  Crunchbase reports 2013 funding for Analytics ventures more than five times greater than in 2009. Palantir led the pack in new funding, going to the well twice, in October and December, to raise a total of $304m

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Strata Report: Advanced Analytics in Hadoop

Here is a quick review of the capabilities for advanced analytics in Hadoop for five vendors at the recent Strata NYC conference: 0xData Alpine Data Labs Oracle SAS Skytree 0XData Product(s) H20 (open source project) h2o (R package) Description Smart people from Stanford with VC backing and a social media program.   Services business model with open source software.  H20 is an

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SAS Analyst Conference: Take Two

Analyst comments about SAS’ 24th annual analyst conference continue to dribble out.   Ordinarily, events like this produce a storm of Google alerts, but this year the quiet speaks volumes.   Yesterday, Tony Cosentino of Ventana Research published his perspective on the conference, writing at length about SAS Visual Analytics; link here. Here are a few quotes from Mr. Cosentino’s

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