The Virtual Circle, Eric Kavanagh, Jan 6, 2011
Here are 10 IT companies, all of them relatively small, that we think will be worth watching this year - primarily because we're impressed with the technology they offer.
1010data is one of several relatively young database companies we encountered last year. Its product is one of a new breed of analytic databases that distinguishes itself by delivering extremely high performance on very large collections of data. It also has some unique analytical capabilities. We discussed its interactive capabilities in the posting Is Interactive Data Analytics Possible? We expect the 1010data become much more prominent this year as it becomes better known and acquires a wider customer base. Currently most of 1010data's customers are in the financial sector.
Sypherlink's Harvester is a data discovery and mapping engine. It is both innovative and intelligent. One of the problems of providing comprehensive data access - a genuine global data service - is, believe it or not, getting started. Before you can build data integration hubs, for example, you have to know physically where the data is, and also what it is. This is what Harvester automates. It goes out, finds the data and maps it. The company has unique IP and, in our view, is better than the alternatives we've seen for this kind of activity. Theoretically, Sypherlink could be a huge benefit to any Master Data Management or Data Warehouse program, helping to map out available data sets in the design phase.
Birst offers a comprehensive end-to-end BI suite with reporting, dashboarding, OLAP, ETL and data warehousing in the cloud. Given that BI can often be an expensive-big-project-highly-technical activity, there are many attractions to a cloud solution both in respect of cost and speed to implementation
We wrote about Algebraix Data in Is The Relational Database Finally Finished? The theme of the article was that Algebraix Data didn't just have an interesting analytic database, but had also developed an Algebra of Data that was worthy of the name. Taking an in-depth look at that algebra convinced us that it would eventually come to dominate computing.