Big Data Reports Q1 2013
In Gather 2013 BI Magic Quadrant report, you can find the analysis of 22 vendors active in BI domain. I focus on two companies which, according to Gather, are the winners in ”ability to execute” and “completeness of vision” categories. Microsoft wins in category “ability to execute”. The company has three tools PowerPivot, SQL Server Analysis Services and Power View.
A lot of people are familiar with MS Excel and Microsoft used the Excel’s popularity with the Power Pivot. It is rather easy for anyone to analyse a Big Data set using Power Pivot. Microsoft called this “self service business intelligence”. Another important aspect for the company is the Hadoop Distribution by Microsoft which is available on Windows Azure Platform and it is called HDInsight. IBM leads in category “completeness of vision”. IBM is one of the first companies which offered BI solutions to their costumers and already holds a large range of products in its portfolio. It is worth mentioning the InfoSphere Streams and the new products like Cognos Insight and Cognos Express.
I recommended you to read this report in order to have a clear view of BI ecosystem of tools and solutions today. There you can find companies like QlinkView which provide new capabilities that enable users to build interactive visualizations for discovering new insights.
- “An increased awareness of the benefits of Big Data as it is applied to industries beyond the Web, most notably financial services, pharmaceuticals, and retail;
- The maturation of Big Data software such as Hadoop, NoSQL data stores, in-memory analytic engines, and massively parallel processing analytic databases;
- Increasingly sophisticated professional services and practices that assist enterprises in practically applying Big Data hardware and software to business use cases;
- Increased investment in Big Data infrastructure by massive Web properties – most notable Google, Facebook, and Amazon – and government agencies for intelligence and counter-terrorism purposes.”
Trying to summarize the results of the three reports above, it is clear that the Big Data market share is rapidly growing. It is important that there are now tools available to help users like business analysts or managers with pre-packaged content and applications to ”consume” the data, find insights and move on taking data driven decisions for their organisations. Also, if you intend to design a big data service for a niche market and want to be successful, you must keep in mind that the end user somehow must be able to to translate the output of models into tangible business actions.