In 2014, IBM announced Watson Analytics, which uses machine learning and natural language processing to unify and simplify the user experience in each step of the analytic processing: data acquisition, data preparation, analysis, dashboarding and storytelling. After a relatively short beta testing period involving more than 22,000 users, IBM released Watson Analytics for general availability in December. There are two editions: the “freemium” trial version allows 500MB of data storage and access to file sizes less than 100,000 rows of data and 50 columns; the personal edition is a monthly subscription that enables larger files and more storage.
Topics: Analytics, Business Analytics, Business Intelligence, Business Performance, Cloud Computing, Customer & Contact Center, Data Discovery, Data Visualization, Information Applications, Information Management, Operational Performance, Predictive Analytics, Watson
Qlik was an early pioneer in developing a substantial market for a visual discovery tool that enables end users to easily access and manipulate analytics and data. Its QlikView application uses an associative experience that takes an in-memory, correlation-based approach to present a simpler design and user experience for analytics than previous tools. Driven by sales of QlikView, the company’s revenue has grown to more than $.5 billion, and originating in Sweden it has a global presence.
Topics: Analytics, Big Data, Business Analytics, Business Intelligence, Business Performance, Customer & Contact Center, Data Discovery, Data Visualization, Information Applications, Lumira, Operational Performance, Qlik, Qlik Qlik Sense, QlikView, Sales Performance, Supply Chain Performance, Tableau
Tableau Software introduced its latest advancements in analytics and business intelligence software along with its future plan to more than 5,000 attendees at its annual user conference in its home town of Seattle. The enthusiasm of the primarily millennial-age crowd reflected not only the success of the young company but also its aspirations. The market for what Ventana Research calls visual and data discovery and Tableau have experienced rapid growth that is likely to continue.
Topics: Analytics, Big Data, Business Analytics, Business Intelligence, Business Performance, Customer & Contact Center, Data Discovery, Data Visualization, Operational Intelligence, Sales Performance, Tableau Software
Tibco’s recent acquisition of Jaspersoft helps the company fill out its portfolio of business intelligence (BI) and reporting software in an increasingly competitive marketplace. Tibco already offered a range of products in BI and analytics including Tibco Spotfire, an established product for visual data discovery. Jaspersoft and its open source Java reporting tool JasperReports have been around since 2001, and the company says it has 16 million product downloads worldwide, 140,000 production deployments and 2,000 commercial customers in 100 countries. Jaspersoft received attention recently for its partnership with Amazon Marketplace and the ability to embed its system into applications using a credit card and a few simple configuration steps. This example of embedding the technology is an area that Tibco knows well from its history of integrating its technology into enterprise architecture across the planet.
Topics: Business Analytics, Business Intelligence, Business Performance, Customer & Contact Center, Data Visualization, embedded analytics, Jaspersoft, Operational Intelligence, Spotfire, Tibco, Analytics
I recently returned from Sweden, where QlikTech International hosted its annual analyst “unsummit.” Much of the information I was exposed to was under NDA, so I cannot talk about it here. What I can discuss, and what in many ways may be more interesting and more important, is the company’s focus on culture and philosophy.
Topics: Big Data, big query, Business Analytics, Business Collaboration, Business Intelligence, Business Performance, Cloud Computing, Customer & Contact Center, Data Visualization, discovery analytics, exploratory analytics, Google, Impala, Information Applications, Location Intelligence, Operational Intelligence, Operational Performance, Qliktech, QlikView, Tableau, Workforce Performance, Analytics