Microsoft acquired Revolution Analytics
On January 23, 2015, Microsoft (MSFT) acquired Revolution Analytics. Since December 2014, Microsoft announced two acquisitions:
Revolution Analytics provides software—both free and enterprise versions—to use the open source R statistical data analysis or modeling programming language. R language is used by millions of statisticians and data scientists.
According to Revolution Analytics, R has “become the most popular language for data science and an essential tool for finance and analytics-driven companies such as Google (GOOG) (GOOGL), Facebook (FB), Twitter (TWTR), and LinkedIn (LNKD).” Its R-based analytic solutions can scale across large data warehouses and Hadoop systems. The solutions can integrate with enterprise systems.
The above presentation shows the R visualization of how the World Cup national teams are drawn from league players around the world.
The above chart shows that when R and Hadoop are compared, Hadoop can handle large volumes of data. However, R can efficiently execute a variety of advanced analysis.
Exponential growth in data
With each passing day, the volume of data is growing continuously. All kinds of organizations—financial, manufacturing, healthcare, retail, and research—need powerful analytical models to make data-driven decisions. This requires high performance computation that’s “close” to the data and scales with the business’ requirements over time.
At the same time, companies need to reduce the gap between data science and analytics skills within their organizations. To reduce this gap, R statistical data analysis or modeling programming language comes into the picture. Microsoft stated that this trend will make more organizations realize the benefits from R. The Revolution Analytics acquisition caters to customers’ needs.
Revolution Analytics’ offerings will be supported through Microsoft Azure’s public cloud services, hybrid clouds, and traditional on-premise deployments. To learn more, read Why Microsoft Azure is a key determinant of Microsoft’s growth.