IBM, Pentaho make big data acquisitions

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Two acquisitions this week show that time may be of the essence in the big data space, as companies large and small rapidly begin to broaden their portfolios and expertise through acquisitions.

IBM (NYSE: IBM) has acquired Cleveland, Ohio-based UrbanCode Inc., which automates the delivery of software and helps businesses more quickly release and update mobile, social, big data and cloud applications. UrbanCode's technology reduces the cycle time for bringing updates or new applications to market. This acquisition is part of IBM's DevOps strategy, which simplifies the software development and delivery process for businesses. The UrbanCode solution also works with traditional applications.

Pentaho's acquisition this week was more about adding new expertise. It bought Webdetails, a Portugal-based consultancy that has visual development expertise and consulting services. Pentaho is a provider of a big data analytics solution that spans data integration, interactive data visualization and predictive analytics. It natively supports Apache Hadoop, Cloudera, MongoDB and analytic databases such as Greenplum and Vertica.  

Pentaho says the Webdetails acquisition will accelerate its research and development, and expand the range of data visualizations available in its dashboards.

Two other acquisitions this month, by Haystax and TIBCO, also hint at an acceleration by vendors to better address the big data analytics market.

For more:
- see the IBM and Pentaho announcements

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