At this point, probably at least 90 percent or more of analytic systems/data
warehouses are easily contained within the SQL-based technologies that are
commercially available today. We’ll take that argument a step further: Most
enterprise data warehouses are less than 5 terabytes. So why then all the
excitement about big data, and why are acquisitions in this field becoming
almost a biweekly thing?
To refresh the memory, barely a couple weeks back, HP announced its intention
to buy Vertica. And this morning came the news that Teradata is buying the
other 89 percent of Aster Data that it doesn’t already own. Given
Teradata’s 11 percent stake, the acquisition was hardly a surprise. Maybe
what was surprising was the mere $263-million price tag, which Neil Raden
wondered facetiously in his tweet, “That seems like a real bargain. I
should have bought them myself!!! Or as... (more)
Informatica is within a year or two of becoming a $1 billion company, and the
CEO’s stretch goal is to get to $3b.
Informatica has been on a decent tear. It’s had a string of roughly 30
consecutive growth quarters, growth over the last 6 years averaging 20%, and
2011 revenues nearing $800 million. Abbasi took charge back in 2004, lifting
Informatica out of its midlife crisis by ditching an abortive foray into
analytic applications, instead expanding from the company’s data
transformation roots to data integration.
Getting the company to its current level came largely through a seri... (more)
As we’ve noted previously, the measure of success of an open source stack
is the degree to which the target remains intact. That either comes as part
of a captive open source project, where a vendor unilaterally open sources
their code (typically hosting the project) to promote adoption, or a
community model where a neutral industry body hosts the project and gains
support from a diverse cross section of vendors and advanced developers. In
that case, the goal is getting the formal standard to also become the de
The most successful open source projects are those t... (more)
It’s no secret that rocket .. err … data scientists are in short supply.
The explosion of data and the corresponding explosion of tools, and the
knock-on impacts of Moore’s and Metcalfe’s laws, is that there is more
data, more connections, and more technology to process it than ever. At last
year’s Hadoop World, there was a feeding frenzy for data scientists, which
only barely dwarfed demand for the more technically oriented data architects.
In English, that means:
Potential MacArthur Grant recipients who have a passion and insight for data,
the mathematical and statistical prow... (more)
HP chose the occasion of its Q3 earnings call to drop the bomb. The company
that under Mike Hurd’s watch focused on Converged Infrastructure, spending
almost $7 billion to buy Palm, 3COM, and 3PAR, is now pulling a 180 in
ditching both the PC and Palm hardware business, and making an offer to buy
Autonomy, one of the last major independent enterprise content management
players, for roughly $11 billion.
At first glance, the deal makes perfect sense, given Leo Apotheker’s
enterprise software orientation. From that standpoint, Apotheker has made
some shrewd moves, putting aging ent... (more)