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1/23/2015
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Microsoft Buying Revolution Analytics For Deeper Data Analysis

Microsoft acquisition of Revolution Analytics, an R-language-focused advanced analytics firm, will bring customers tools for prediction and big-data analytics.

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Curt Franklin
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1/26/2015 | 11:53:53 AM
Re: The most surprising part of the announcement is...
Doug, that's good news for customers. Whenever you hear about any large company "embracing open source" you have to wonder whether they're engaging in the IT version of green-washing. It's always nice to hear that such is not the case!
D. Henschen
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1/26/2015 | 9:52:16 AM
Re: The most surprising part of the announcement is...
I do think Revolution is a good fit. Microsoft has been using a lot of R internally and most recently it introduced the cloud-based Azure ML service, which makes use of R. What they lacked was a platform and tools for data scientists and statisticians. Revolution represented a buy versus build, so it gets them farther, faster. On open source, Microsoft has been much more open under Nadella. Revolution's blog, linked above, does a lot to explain Microsoft's open source cred.
Curt Franklin
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Curt Franklin,
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1/26/2015 | 9:19:53 AM
The most surprising part of the announcement is...
Doug, do you think that Microsoft saw qualities in Revolution that made the company a particularly good fit, or was it just the first real target of opportunity in the space? And how important do you think the reliance on R is -- do you think Microsoft is really embracing open source or are they holding their corporate nose and accepting it where they have no choice?
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