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the company boasts around 100 customers, split about 70-30 between the workstation and the server options. It offers proprietary code and support, with with subscription pricing, for its version of open source R software, including parallelized algorithms for multi-core processors.


DBMS2, April 8, 2011, by Curt Monash

I wasn't too impressed when I spoke with

Revolution Analytics Revolution Analytics at the time of its relaunch last year. But a conversation Thursday evening was much clearer. And I even learned some cool stuff about general predictive modeling trends (see the bottom of this post).

Revolution Analytics business and business model highlights include:

  • Revolution Analytics is an open-core vendor built around the R language. That is, Revolution Analytics offers proprietary code and support, with subscription pricing, that help in the use of open source software.
  • Unlike most open-core vendors I can think of, Revolution Analytics takes little responsibility for the actual open source part. Some "grants" for developing certain open source R pieces seem to be the main exception. While this has caused some hard feelings, I don't have an accurate sense for their scope or severity.
  • Revolution Analytics boasts around 100 customers, split about 70-30 between the workstation seeding stuff and the real server
When I asked Revolution Analytics why one would use R rather than, say, SAS, Revolution cited three reasons that seemed to be driving customer interest:
  • You can do more with R. That may be debatable, but what's harder to dispute is that there are a bunch of things you can do straightforwardly in R and its thousands of routines that would at best be more difficult in SAS.
  • Students today are learning R, so you have access to (affordable?) talent. That's pretty clearly correct, although I do note SPSS' long history of academic social sciences use .
  • R is cheaper. It's hard to argue with that one
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