This week there seems to have been more analytics in the news than usual, so despite the earlier post on Analytics awards & trends, I’m going to share another ‘other’ post round-up on this topic.
First to catch my eye was the news that Microsoft has purchased Revolution Analytics.
This is interesting not just because it adds to Microsoft’s analytics arsenal, all of which have the potential to benefit from integration with the rest of Microsoft’s technology (including Office), but also because of the focus on R. In an earlier poll we identified the rise of R as an alternative to the more popular SAS & IBM analytics software currently used by insight teams. Revolution Analytics already provided commercial support & simpler front-end to R, integration with Microsoft’s other software has the potential to take this further towards being a mainstream contender (hopefully not at the loss of affordability). It’s also interesting in this article to hear how popular R is as a language for data scientists within Microsoft (including those working on Xbox Live service). (more…)