A growing recognition of the business benefits predictive analysis provides is positioning newcomer Revolution Analytics into a key role to help adopters of the R programing language migrate from legacy offerings.
Developer.com: "The open source R language has been in use by statisticians to do data analysis, predictive modeling and visualization for over a decade. This week, R is set to undergo a revolution of sorts with a revamped commercial effort."
Most commercial software today depends on open source software. The commercial software might be using an underlying open source platform, or it might be incorporating open source components, or it might be provided as a commercial open source product itself.
Sugar CRM may have open source technology at its core, but with the latest release of its customer-relationship management platform offers two different interfaces for the commercial and community versions.
Database Journal: "One of the key elements that helps to enable open source software applications to gain broader enterprise usage is the availability of commercial support options. In the case of the open source MongoDB NoSQL database, that commercial support is now coming from project backer 10gen."
The 451 Group covers GOSCON, the Government Open Source Conference: "Yet, based on my conversations and interactions at GOSCON and others in the public IT sector, there are still many government users that are ready and willing to use open source software, but need more commercial assurance behind it."
Recent conversations at OSCON, which I've attended since 2004, as well as observations through talks with vendors, users and developers in open source all indicate a common theme: With commercial successes for open source software come some community growing pains.
Close on the heels of a recent agreement with Citrix, the Big Data and storage company Inktank continues to expand its partner network. Its latest deals, with Metacloud and Canonical, promise to enhance its importance in the open source channel as demand for Big Data solutions continues to explode.
As we’ve noted previously, Inktank is a relatively new endeavor.