Expect to see more companies partner up and sell fused products and platforms in an effort to overcome big data stumbling blocks for customers. But also expect a wider range of convergence activity as data, mobile, the Internet of Things, and other emerging trends move from standalone entities to seamlessly connected systems.
To help vendors, app developers, and other interested parties sell big data products, services, and ideas to the government, I asked a panel of federal government agency leaders to share what government agencies are interested in buying and to reveal how best to sell to them.
While the companies acknowledge in a press release that the Internet of Things helped spur the formation of this collaboration, it's important to note that it will also spur similar collaborations and partnerships as the industry hunkers down in preparation for the data onslaught.
Microsoft announced at Strata last week three new and enhanced services for Hadoop and machine learning. All were aimed at bringing big data to mainstream use. Here is the overview of the announcements, all of which center on Azure which is Microsoft's strategic focal point for working with big data.
A new big data alliance has formed around developing products based on a common core of key components in Hadoop that members are calling the Open Data Platform Initiative.
Jeff Liu, Global Technology Industry Transaction Advisory Services Leader at EY says that while globally "technology corporate development teams took a breather in the fourth quarter," the "quarterly volume set a fourth consecutive post-dotcom-bubble record."
While naysayers and worrywarts continue to wring their hands over "too few big data implementations," visionaries are already moving beyond big data projects and into reshaping their entire companies around it. The latest to do so is Ford, who is now "retooling the company around big data."
Microsoft announced that it has entered an agreement to acquire Revolution Analytics. Given big data analytics are really hot right now, the purchase makes sense. But also given that Revolution Analytics is an open source company, some eyebrows are likely raised at this news.
Consolidation in the industry is picking up, both through M&As and increasing alliances. For example, GoGrid is the third acquisition for Datapipe which is forever on the mission of ruling the global multi-cloud managed services market.
Raghunath Nambiar, chairman of the Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC) big data benchmark committee and a Cisco Systems distinguished engineer, announced in a blog post last week the release of big data benchmark test results for 1, 3 and 10 terabyte scale factors.