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A buyer's guide to selecting the right big data analytics software

Navigating the evaluation and buying process isn't easy, but we've simplified the process by comparing products from nine of the top commercial and open source big data analytics software vendors.


Big data analytics used to be the province primarily of large organizations and companies with businesses revolving around data, such as marketing and information services providers. However, with cost factors less of a barrier today -- and the availability of a broader range of big data platforms and software -- the technology is being adopted by a growing number of data-driven companies of all sizes across all industries.

These companies are using big data analytics software to rapidly analyze massive amounts of data in real time, including structured transaction data, unstructured data such as social media posts, log files from mobile applications and machine and sensor data. In turn, the insights derived from these analyses can translate into improved operational efficiency, new revenue opportunities and competitive advantages over business rivals.

Big data analytics software is designed to work with big data platforms, which include Hadoop clusters built around commodity servers and scalable distributed storage, NoSQL database systems and specialized high-performance analytics databases. The tools support predictive modeling and data mining techniques and are capable of scaling as more data is incorporated into analytical models.

Sorting through the many products classified as big data analytics software can make your buying decision even more difficult, as the functionality, features and capabilities of these tools are often similar. Fortunately, we've simplified that process for you in this buyer's guide. Here, we will help you establish your company's specific objectives and map them to the attributes of products and suites from nine of the top commercial and open source big data analytics software vendors. This will aid you in narrowing down your list of candidate vendors to the ones whose products best address your organization's specific big data use cases.

1What is?-

Insight into big data and advanced analytics tools

Learn how companies are adopting big data analytics to solve a variety of data-driven needs and increase their profitability with insights derived from the analytics process.


How big data analytics tools can help your organization

Big data analytics is a trending practice that many companies are adopting. Before jumping in and buying big data tools, though, organizations should first get to know the landscape. Continue Reading

2Do I need?-

Is big data analytics software a good investment for your organization?

The use cases presented here can help you can determine if big data analytics software could benefit your company's data analytics needs.


How to determine if big data analytics tools are right for you

Big data analytics tools have a lot to offer and come in many varieties. Get to know some of the ways business users and data scientists can use the software. Continue Reading

3How to buy-

Assessing your must-have features for big data analytics software

Here, we examine the specific attributes that can be used to assess how well the various big data analytics software packages available will meet your organization's needs.


Insights into buying big data analytics tools

Before companies purchase a big data analytics tool, they must identify their specific needs and match them to available products. Continue Reading

4Which should I buy?-

Evaluating big data analytics software from the leading vendors

It's challenging to select a product based solely on functionality, as many tools have similar features. Here, we examine several additional considerations that may factor into your buying decision.


Comparing the leading big data analytics software options

By comparing and contrasting big data analytics software from the leading vendors, you can find the tool that best meets your needs. Continue Reading

5The top big data products-

Big data analytics software from the market leaders

Get overviews of the top big data analytics software products on the market today, with insights into features and how these tools can be implemented.


Alteryx advanced analytics tools simplify data analysis

The Alteryx advanced analytics tools suite comprises three products: Alteryx Designer, Alteryx Server and Alteryx Analytics Gallery. Continue Reading


A look at IBM SPSS predictive analytics tools

IBM SPSS Modeler and IBM SPSS Statistics enable users to build predictive models and execute other types of analytics tasks. Continue Reading


Examining the KNIME open source data analytics platform

KNIME offers open source data analytics, reporting and integration tools, as well as commercial software that can help build more efficient workflows. Continue Reading


Exploring Oracle Advanced Analytics

Oracle Advanced Analytics and other data analytics tools enable business users to explore large volumes of data. Continue Reading


RapidMiner predictive analytics platform overview

RapidMiner comes in open source and commercial editions, and includes tools that enable collaboration and code-free analytics using Hadoop. Continue Reading


Explore Revolution R Open and Revolution R Enterprise

Revolution R Open is a free, open source version of the R programming language and Revolution R Enterprise is an R engine for high-performance needs. Continue Reading


SAP Predictive Analytics software overview

SAP Predictive Analytics comprises Automated Analytics and Expert Analytics, which can help improve workflow for the business and data analysts. Continue Reading


How SAS Enterprise Miner simplifies the data mining process

SAS Enterprise Miner helps users develop descriptive and predictive models, including components for predictive modeling and in-database scoring. Continue Reading


An overview of the Teradata Aster Discovery Platform

The Teradata Aster Discovery Platform includes the Aster database, Discovery Portfolio, a graph processing engine, MapReduce and a version of R. Continue Reading

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