Independent Research Firm, Forrester (News - Alert), conducted lab-based evaluations in Q3 2012 of nine big data predictive analytics solutions, and SAS came out on top.
Details of the report can be found here.
The report, “The Forrester Wave: Big Data Predictive Analytics Solutions, Q1 2013,” says that among the 10 vendors evaluated, SAS (News - Alert) is "an analytics powerhouse," and, along with another vendor, an "unshakable leader" in the analysis of big data predictive analytics solutions. The piece details Forrester's findings about how well each solution fulfills the criteria and where they stand in relation to one another, and helps application development and delivery professionals select the right big data predictive analytics solution.
The companies that were evaluated included the following vendors: Angoss Software, IBM (News - Alert), KXEN, Revolution Analytics, Salford Systems, SAP, SAS, StatSoft and Tibco Software. In addition, Forrester spoke with at least two customer references provided by each vendor.
Forrester evaluated Oracle (News - Alert) separately as Oracle chose not to participate in this research.
While SAS and IBM resoundingly provide leading solutions, each of the 10 vendors that were evaluated had unique points of differentiation that many customers will find attractive. Forrester’s evaluation of general purpose big data predictive analytics solutions reveals three on top. While SAS and IBM are the unshakeable leaders, newcomer SAP performs well.
SAS, with its 36-year history of providing analytics software, is an icon in this evaluation because it scored well in all categories – current offerings, strategy and market presence.
Forrester evaluated 26 SAS products in its study, demonstrating the breadth of the SAS analytics portfolio. Its SAS Enterprise Miner tool is easy to learn and can run analysis in-database or on distributed clusters to handle big data.
Other vendors had from one to 12 products evaluated.
The importance of big data analytics was underscored by Forrester Research (News - Alert), Inc. when it noted in the report that predictive analytics can drive breakthrough business outcomes.
"Since 1976, SAS has provided enterprises with the industry's most powerful analytics which continue to support the world's largest data sets, now called big data," said Jim Davis, senior vice president and chief marketing officer at SAS. "With innovative new products such as SAS High-Performance Analytics Server, SAS Visual Analytics and SAS DataFlux Event Stream Processing Engine we are leading the charge to meet new and fast-evolving customer needs."
"Regardless of data volume, analytics maturity or company size, SAS helps organizations uncover insight, and while every organization may not have big data, they all have big data analytics problems," said Davis.
SAS is a landmark of business analytics software and services, and the largest independent vendor in the business intelligence market. Through innovative solutions, SAS helps customers at more than 60,000 sites improve performance and deliver value by making better decisions faster.
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Edited by Braden Becker