It was an exhilarating experience last week interacting with fellow Actians, partners, prospects and customers like Evernote at Strata Santa Clara. During the three days this time, it seemed that there was sense of calm confidence in the attendees compared to previous events where the chaos and skepticism around Big Data used to be pretty apparent. The tide seems to be turning towards companies moving from POCs to actual production implementations of Big Data solutions.
A strong theme in conversations there was that we are at an inflection point in the world of big data – with a rapidly maturing ecosystem, especially around Hadoop, innovators like Actian are committed to making the benefits of Big Data Analytics available to all organizations, not just the select few. Here’s some highlights I think are worth peeking at:
- Cool blog and video from SiliconAngle/theCUBE featuring Actian CTO Mike Hoskins with John Furrier and Dave Vellante on how Actian’s completely modern stack approach overcomes legacy stacks that just can’t scale – architecturally or economically – for today’s Big Data
- A quick video of Atigeo CEO Michael Sandoval talking about how Actian and Atigeo are unique in taking an end-to-end platform approach to addressing Big Data Analytics – I love it when he says we’re the two pieces of bread to make whatever big data sandwich our customers may need. (I’m pretty sure this clip of him was captured near lunchtime.) I also like his discussion of how our companies team to rapidly help vertical customers without the long, expensive professional services overkill.
- Wikibon’s Jeffrey Kelley on big data trends in the next 6-12 months – how companies like Actian who have executed strategic M&A plans will likely turn their attention to technical integrations and strategic teaming
- Actian VP Product Marketing John Santaferraro on his theCUBE segment on operationalizing Big Data Analytics – going from the limited-adoption approach of Big Data 1.0 to Big Data 2.0 – driving broad adoption across the board
- Mike Hoskins’ blog on how Actian provides a Hadoop Exoskeleton to make the power of native Hadoop execution available for mainstream adoption – a theme neatly captured by ComputerWeekly’s Adrian Bridgwater in a recent blog
- Actian Senior Director of Product Marketing Jim Hare on his turn at theCUBE and the discussion of assembling Actian’s amazing assets into a single unified Big Data Analytics platform – embracing Hadoop while making it robust and compelling for the enterprise
We’ve been anticipating and driving these trends at Actian for some time now, investing hundreds of man-years and hundreds of millions of dollars to deliver a completely modern end-to-end architecture that delivers amazing price performance with easy adoption and great usability – the Actian Analytics Platform™. It’s why Actian is showing up on lists like Doug Henschen’s 16 Top Big Data Analytics Platforms at Information Week and Forbes Top 10 Big Data Pure-Plays 2014. Not to mention Robin Bloor’s 10 Products That Exploit Parallelism at Inside Analytics and the 50 Swift and Strong in Big Data from Sand Hill Group.
So, if you haven’t figured it out by now, I’m jazzed. 2014 is a phenomenally exciting year poised for a breakout of the business value for Big Data Analytics beyond early adopters with deep pockets and pricey data scientists. It’s the year we move to Big Data for the Rest of Us™ – and it’s thrilling to be at Actian in the very heart of that seismic market shift!