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Clash of the Analytic Titans

April 16, 2012–Some of the biggest names in big data are making headlines. While it’s not explicit, we think this isn’t a coincidence....

April 16, 2012–Some of the biggest names in big data are making headlines. While it’s not explicit, we think this isn’t a coincidence. Rather, the heavyweights of the industry might be taking a break from snapping up smaller competition and aiming their rifles at one another. Our first hint was a rather tame Forbes article, “IBM is Using Big Data to Crunch the Big Bang.”

The article began: “Last week, IBM announced that it had formed a partnership with theNetherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy (ASTRON) for the DOME Project, which will provide support in developing the tools need to crunch the data for the ambitious international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope. The SKA is slated to go online in 2024, and will map a billion galaxies that are over 13 billion light years away – meaning that it will provide our closest look yet at the origins of the universe.”

But it concluded, “this project isn’t just about developing the technology to uncover the mysteries of the universe. There are lots of commercial applications as well, ranging from big data analytics for business to more energy-efficient computing technologies to new ways of transmitting and storing data.” Which leads one to believe they are aiming at raking in big government bucks.

Meanwhile, one of the other biggest names in analytics is stumbling. According to a Wall Street Journal article, “The problem for software giant Oracle is that it is trying to solve the problem with hardware. The Big Data “appliance” it sells can link to Oracle’s existing database software, but it mostly runs open-source software like NoSQL and Cloudera. And it is much more expensive than commodity hardware.”

While these are just two examples, we see strength and weaknesses in the big players of analytics. And if the rumors we are hearing are true, we’d expect to see some mud-slinging and price slashing to gain one another’s clients. Don’t be shocked to see a powerhouse like IBM start punching away at a wounded Oracle.

Patrick Roland

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