In a previous blog post I asked rhetorically if Big Data is redefining BI? And of course I had a good feeling that it did. The feeling was based on the fact that we saw bits and pieces from different sources – including some from vendors whom you wouldn’t expect to be early movers. Essentially, the conclusion that “Big Data is becoming the next version of BI” was based on those pieces. Today, more than half a year later the Big Data pieces really start to form into a solved puzzle – and one with a pretty picture of BI on it. Platon primarily work with customers here in this cold northern part of Europe called Scandinavia. In many areas of life Scandinavians appreciate the confidence and security of our society and that often has an influence on our customers’ decision-making, i.e. the decision on when and how to start with Big Data is strongly influenced by the customers’ confidence in their software vendor. Now, basically all BI vendors present in the Scandinavian market have some Big Data twist to their BI offering, and whether it is Oracle, IBM, SAP, Teradata, SAS, etc., their most dominating marketing answer is Appliance – and therefore also big investments!
Platon is proud to have been appointed Microsoft Big Data Partner and to participate in this partner incubation program as one out of a few select partners globally. This is primarily due to our early work with Hadoop but very importantly also based on our proven skills as leading Scandinavian BI/IM specialist for more than a decade. We look forward to support HDInsight and bringing Hadoop to the huge “BI on Windows” segment and continuing to bring additional analytics and visualization capabilities on “any data” (four V’s) though new interesting BI (and Big Data) use cases. Actually, anyone interested can already today download the HDInsight preview, install it, and start to spice up the existing BI with additional insights from Any Data and essentially democratize Big Data!