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Intelligent Enterprise Editors' Choice Awards 2010

Intelligent Enterprise names 'The Dozen' most influential vendors for the intelligent enterprise and 36 'Companies to Watch' in 2010.

COMPANIES TO WATCH: BUSINESS INTELLIGENCECOMPANIES TO WATCH: INFORMATION MANAGEMENT

Aster Data isn't large or well known (yet), but its Aster Data-Application Server is as elegant at data handling as it is proficient at integrating SQL and MapReduce analysis. What's more, Aster has integrated SAS analytics into its database. In short, Aster has a good recipe for more customer wins.

Autonomy has an enviable portfolio of technologies, including its eponymous search tools, Zantaz e-mail archiving products and services, and the Interwoven and iManage content management systems acquired in 2009. The holding company connections at Autonomy are tighter than the actual technology integrations, but it's a nice collection nonetheless.

Cloudera provides all the tools, services and support you'll need to run open-source Hadoop data processes with enterprise-grade performance and reliability. Hadoop and its MapReduce function have quickly become the default choice for many kinds of data transformations and analytic processes. Hadoop, MapReduce and Cloudera are destined for growth in the big-data era.

Greenplum is a strong analytical DBMS contender that has extended its technical capabilities with column-store and cloud options. It's also redefining price points for workgroup- and enterprise-scale data warehousing.

HP was widely expected to directly enter the business intelligence and information integration software markets, but maybe it has been smarter to partner rather than purchase. HP has a tight alliance with Microsoft, and MS SQL-based data warehouse appliances on HP hardware are in the pipeline for 2010. On the integration front, partners like Informatica are growing faster than the giants, so why pick the rose?

InfoBright developed unique compression and query approaches before taking its analytical database engine open source. InfoBright has gained marketshare and mindshare since releasing the community edition of its MySQL-based DBMS.

InterSystems can help you embed business intelligence graphs, charts, reports, dashboards and other data visualizations into applications. But we also like InterSystems' Caché object-oriented database. The DBMS offers outstanding performance that relational engines can't match when dealing with objects, yet you also get Sybase and Informix emulation. Caché plays well in the fast-growing healthcare sector, where medical records need object-oriented treatment.

Kalido is as well known for rapid data warehouse development and modeling as it is for its master data management (MDM) software. Diversity is also shown in Kalido's support for Oracle- and SQL Server- and Netezza-based data warehousing. An appliance offering built on Netezza hardware will add yet another option in 2010. We like this company's prospects.

Kapow Technologies delivers a Web Data Service that performs the integration middleware function of selective extract and transform from Web sources. Load and other operations are up to the subscriber. Kapow's service essentially turns Web sites into information sources for BI and analytics applications.

Nuxeo is growing despite -- perhaps because of -- the rocky economy. The open-source enterprise content management (ECM) vendor is expanding in the United States while chugging along nicely in its European home base. Nuxeo's appeal is solid-yet-affordable content management. Business-specific applications and use cases naturally benefit from strong community support.

OpenCalais is a free Web service from Thomson Reuters that applies semantic annotation (tagging) to named entities, facts and events in submitted text within seconds. An open API makes it easy to integrate/mash content to deliver new information products and services. What's more, high-performance/high-volume commercial services are available.

Talend has already democratized data integration with its open-source ETL engine. Now the company has its sights set on MDM, a market in which six-figure software fees are just the starting point. Talend is making data integration and data-quality management more affordable.

Vertica is bringing cutting-edge data storage architectures to the commercial mainstream with its column-store analytic database. Now that rival Sybase has acquired CEP vendor Aleri, look to Vertica to draw closer ties with sister company Streambase. Database luminary Michael Stonebraker had a hand in launching both companies, and it would make a winning combination.

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