Four Vendor Views on Big Data and Big Data Analytics Part 2- SAS

Next up in my discussion on big data providers is SAS.  What’s interesting about SAS is that, in many ways, big data analytics is really just an evolution for the company.  One of the company’s goals has always been to support complex analytical problem solving.  It is well respected by its customers for its ability … Continue reading Four Vendor Views on Big Data and Big Data Analytics Part 2- SAS

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Five vendors committed to content analytics for ECM

In 2007, Hurwitz & Associates fielded one of the first market studies on text analytics. At that time, text analytics was considered to be more of a natural extension to a business intelligence system than a content management system. However, in that study, we asked respondents who were planning to use the software, whether they … Continue reading Five vendors committed to content analytics for ECM

What about Analytics in Social Media monitoring?

I was speaking to a client the other day.  This company was very excited about tracking its brand using one of the many listening posts out on the market.  As I sat listening to him, I couldn’t help but think that a) it was nice that his company could get its feet wet in social … Continue reading What about Analytics in Social Media monitoring?

Social Network Analysis: What is it and why should we care?

When most people think of social networks they think of Facebook and Twitter, but social network analysis has its roots in psychology, sociology, anthropology and math (see Scott, John Social Network Analysis for more details). The phrase has a number of different definitions, depending on the discipline you’re interested in, but for the purposes of … Continue reading Social Network Analysis: What is it and why should we care?

My Take on the SAS Analyst Conference

I just got back from the SAS analyst event that was held in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.   It was a great meeting.  Here are some of the themes I heard over the few days I was there: SAS is a unique place to work. Consider the following:  SAS revenue per employee is somewhat lower than the … Continue reading My Take on the SAS Analyst Conference

SAS and the Business Analytics Innovation Centre

Last Friday, SAS announced that it was partnering with Teradata and Elder Research Inc. (a data mining consultancy) to open a Business Analytics Innovation Centre.  According to the press release, “ Recognising the growing need and challenges businesses face driving operational analytics across enterprises, SAS and Teradata are planning to establish a centralised “think tank” … Continue reading SAS and the Business Analytics Innovation Centre

SAS Purchases Teragram

Monday, SAS announced that it had purchased Teragram, a privately held natural language processing (NLP) company, for an undisclosed sum.  Teragram is now a SAS company meaning that the Teragram brand will be maintained.  Its solutions and OEM business will be retained.  A good move for SAS This acquisition is a good move for SAS … Continue reading SAS Purchases Teragram

Innovations in Data Visualization – Animation and more

Robin Bloor and I were briefed by SAS about some of its visualization technologies last week as part of the research we’re undertaking in innovations in BI.   SAS has thought a lot about visualization.  In fact, the company has an interesting user centric UI model that actually looks at classes of users across various visualization … Continue reading Innovations in Data Visualization – Animation and more