Forrester just released its latest Wave report. Unlike many on more mature technologies, this report on native Hadoop BI platforms included only six vendors, of which Attivio was one. In Forrester's estimation, there are no leaders in the market, just contenders and strong performers.
As Dan Woods points out in a recent article for Forbes, technology marketplaces cycle through predictable stages as they mature. He applies this insight to the component versus platform decision that organizations face when adopting new technologies.
At the end of May, the city of Boston named Andrew Therriault as its first CDO—chief data officer. Therriault, former Director of Data Science for the Democratic National Committee, comes with an impressive background. He has a B.A., M.A. and PhD. in politics from NYU. Before joining the DNC, he served as senior data scientist with Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, whose client list includes global companies, advocacy groups, and political organizations as well as former presidents. So, he's certainly qualified.
As the Big Data and analytics parade marches on, I often find that the people we're talking to in large enterprises carry the title chief data officer or CDO. Industry analysts back this up. A 2015 report by PwC found there were 100 CDOs in large enterprises in 2013, more than double the number in 2012. Gartner's most recent tally pegs the number at 950. And it predicts that by 2017, 50 percent of all companies in regulated industries will have a CDO. The CDO role is still evolving, but Debra Logan of Gartner describes the CDO as the "glue between data strategy and metrics."
In a recent blog post about data exploration, Forrester's Boris Evelson discusses Tableau's recent acquisition of HyPer. He notes that HyPer addresses Tableau's previous lack of in-memory data exploration capability.
Though Evelson's blog mentions Tableau and other BI providers, his broader points center around the importance of removing barriers to data discovery, especially when analyzing Big Data stores.
Before joining Attivio, I worked for several years at Tibco Spotfire. It was a great experience. I was on the front lines as the worlds of Big Data and Business Intelligence (BI) collided.
Traditionally, companies relied on canned BI reports to help them understand historical data. Such reporting solutions have been around for decades. It was, therefore, very exciting to see that massive market disrupted by data discovery and analytic solutions such as Tableau, QlikTech, and Tibco Spotfire. These new, easy-to-use, data visualization tools helped analysts, researchers, and data scientists quickly self-serve insights from massive data volumes.
Instead of relying on a combination of static reports and massive spreadsheets to manually comb through huge data sets—an unreliable process that could take months—the new data discovery and analytic solutions instantly revealed trends, patterns, and outliers in mere moments, with just a few clicks.