The ESG Delta-V awards recognize the top 20 companies that made an impact in big data and analytics in 2015. Continuing in our series, this time I’d like to recognize those companies that see “the bigger picture” for big data and analytics. These offerings go beyond point products, even beyond platforms, and address the larger context of a real business (or government) environment.
Dell Information Management Solutions — Dell turns out to be surprisingly well accomplished as a vendor of choice for database management, DevOps, data movement, and analytics too. Dell has hardware platforms that cover a range of use case and with very good value for money. Dell has designed and defined solution stacks to reduce the guesswork. Dell has an interesting IoT approach, going beyond gateways to deliver more insights at the edge and in the data center. And Dell has professional services that help weave their products tightly into specific industry verticals such as healthcare and financial. Dell also reaches beyond the enterprise into a wider portion of the market. I like that.
EMC Federation Business Data Lake — EMC is interesting, not least in that it might soon be part of the Dell story just mentioned. That would be well received, a fact shown through our recent sentiment research. But setting that aside for now, EMC already has Pivotal, VMware, VCE, and it's own enterprise storage to underpin a truly robust data lake architecture. Strategic relationships with Hadoop vendors and the Open Data Platform initiative (ODPi) help round out the customer choice aspect. It's a great approach to building a proven environment with all the options you'd need. Clearly EMC understands the role of "storage vendor" can be redefined for the big data era.
Hitachi Social Innovation — Yes, I mean all of Hitachi, including HDS, Consulting, and multiple industrial arms of the family of companies. This combines deep IT strengths with serious expertise, for both vertically and horizontally integrated solutions. That would be plenty, but Hitachi adds in the commitment to better society with specific missions to improve resource utilization, make safer cities, smarter hospitals, and more productive businesses. Innovation is not happening in a theoretical way, it’s taking an applied science and technology approach to address problems that affect the globe.
IBM Cloud Data Services — I’ve written before that the biggest challenge for IBM isn’t any gap in the company’s analytics portfolio, it is the overlaps. Software products span BI, data warehouse, data integration, multiple databases, Hadoop and Spark, complemented by both hardware and business value-oriented professional services. Yet the most exciting piece to me is the recently launched Cloud Data Services initiative, which takes many of their best offerings and makes it very easy to consume. IBM really does have the industry expertise and capabilities to deliver against very specific requirements, and with the new approach will be very strong on any measure of time to value.
These companies have a lot of best-in-class technology at their disposal, pure research and development, and the practical know-hows to make it so.
I also want to add in here one honorable mention for a company that didn’t quite fit any of the other categories. Not exactly storage, not quite big data, but Peaxy is a start-up with a unique approach to building a universal repository of business information. While the Hyperfiler sounds like something you might find in a heavily modified DeLorean, it’s actually a very creative way to make sure everyone in a business can collaborate on work and never lose access to intellectual property, anywhere in the world. This sort of aligns to the theme of industry-focused “bigger picture” even if it’s a single product. Definitely worth a look, if only for a different view.