CRN Big Data Business Analytics Companies

Data, Analytics, and Intelligence play a key role in CRN Big Data 100 in 2015. New additions include predictive analytics firms Knime, Logi Analytics, Looker, Luminoso, Predixion, RapidMiner, and Salesforce.

Grant Marshall CRN Big Data 100

Nearly a year ago, CRN released the Big Data 100, their list of the top Big Data companies in the industry. Of those, 50 were companies providing business analytics solutions. These companies provide services like data reporting and management tools.

Today, we look at the updated list of Big Data Business Analytics companies to see how the field has evolved over the past year.

The word cloud below made from the company descriptions, shows the central role of Data, Analytics, and Intelligence in this field.

  1. Alpine Data Labs offers an advanced, Hadoop-based data analytics platform. San Francisco, CA. Founded 2010.
  2. Alteryx's software combines structured and unstructured data from multiple sources into one database, uses the data to conduct predictive, spatial and statistical analysis tasks, and then shares the results. Irvine, CA. Founded 2010.
  3. Attivio is a major player in the area of "unified information access," developing next-generation search and discovery technology that integrates structured and unstructured information from such varied sources. Newton, MA. Founded 2007.
  4. Ayasdi's Insight Discovery Platform combines "topological data analysis" technology with machine learning techniques to provide users with insights for solving complex problems without writing code or queries. Palo Alto, CA. Founded 2008.
  5. Birst offers a Software-as-a-Service business intelligence platform with visual analytics and an automated data warehouse system. San Francisco, CA. Founded 2004.
  6. Continuum Analytics, founded in 2011, develops data analytics software based on the Python programming language. Austin, TX. Founded 2011.
  7. Datameer develops software that helps business users of Hadoop integrate, analyze and visualize large volumes of data. San Mateo, CA. Founded 2009.
  8. new DataRPM's Smart Machine Insights platform uses machine learning to automatically perform advanced statistical analysis on Hadoop -- the only practical way to approach analytics across large data sets, according to the company. Fairfax, VA. Founded 2012.
  9. Datawatch develops visual data discovery applications for creating data visualizations in realtime from structured, semistructured and Hadoop-based data. Chelmsford, MA. Founded 1985.
  10. Domo debuted its cloud-based executive management system that provides business managers with access to information scattered across many disparate sources through a single dashboard. American Fork, UT. Founded 2011.
  11. Gainsight develops cloud-based predictive analytics software that's integrated with's CRM applications to help users scrutinize customer data for customer-retention purposes and identify cross-sell and upsell opportunities. Mountain View, CA. Founded 2009.
  12. Glassbeam develops Software-as-a-Service applications for machine log data analytics, putting it in a key position in business intelligence in the nascent-but-growing "Internet of Things" market. Sunnyvale, CA. Founded 2009.
  13. GoodData markets a cloud-based business intelligence and big data analytics platform. San Francisco, CA. Founded 2007.
  14. Google's stated mission of organizing the world's information and making it universally accessible and useful makes it involved in numerous big data technology areas. Mountain View, CA. Founded 1998.
  15. Guavus develops the Guavus Reflex Operational Intelligence Platform data analytics system and a suite of operational intelligence applications that analyze both streaming data and stored data. San Mateo, CA. Founded 2006.
  16. new H2O, founded in 2011 as Oxdata, develops an open-source, in-memory prediction engine for data scientists and developers. Mountain View, CA. Founded 2011.
  17. Information Builders is a longtime player in the business intelligence arena with its business analytics products, including its flagship WebFocus software, and its integration and data integrity software. New York, NY, USA. Founded 1975.
  18. new InsightSquared develops business analytics software for sales and marketing professionals with an emphasis on simplicity and ease-of-use. Cambridge, MA. Founded 2010.
  19. new Interana, which just exited stealth mode last fall, develops events-based analytical software that works with clickstream data and other information to help users answer questions about how customers behave and how products are used. Menlo Park, CA. Founded 2013.
  20. new Knime consistently comes out among the top players in advanced analytics/data mining market perspectives, such as Gartner's Magic Quadrant. Zurich, Switzerland. Founded 2004.
  21. new Logi Analytics offers a web-based reporting and data visualization platform that IT developers use to build business intelligence applications and dashboards, and to embed BI functionality within applications. McLean, VA. Founded 2000.
  22. new Looker develops a web-based business intelligence platform for data-driven companies. Santa Cruz, CA. Founded 2011.
  23. new Luminoso helps businesses understand what customers feel about their company or product by analyzing, say, tweets or Facebook postings. Cambridge, MA. Founded 2010.
  24. Metric Insights develops its "push intelligence" technology as an antidote to business intelligence reports and dashboards that make users hunt for information, according to the company. San Francisco, CA. Founded 2010.
  25. MicroStrategy, founded in 1989, is one of the industry's largest business intelligence software companies with 2014 revenue of $579.8 million. Tysons Corner, VA. Founded 1989.
  26. Numerify markets its IT Enterprise Analytics Platform, a cloud-based analytics application built on ServiceNow's IT management software that collects and analyzes operational and financial data about an organization's IT systems. Cupertino, CA. Founded 2012.
  27. Palantir develops advanced data analytics and data mining software for analyzing huge volumes of data. Palo Alto, CA. Founded 2004.
  28. Panorama calls itself "a leader in business intelligence 3.0" with its Panorama Necto software that lets users visually analyze information in a self-service environment. Toronto, Canada. Founded 1993.
  29. ParStream develops a distributed, massively parallel processing columnar database that's designed to analyze and filter billions of records in sub-second time. Cologne, Germany. Founded 2008.
  30. Platfora offers a big data analytics toolset that's native to the Apache Hadoop platform, allowing users to directly analyze data in Hadoop without the need to build a separate data warehouse system. San Mateo, CA. Founded 2011.
  31. new Predixion offers a cloud-based, self-service predictive analytics platform called Predixion Insight that's designed for business analysts and other nontechnical users. Aliso Viejo, CA. Founded 2009.
  32. Qlik targets a broad range of business users for its popular QlikView business intelligence platform that combines analytics, visualization and search capabilities. Radnor, PA. Founded 1993.
  33. new RapidMiner offers a predictive analytics, machine learning and data mining platform for data scientists, business analysts and developers. Cambridge, MA. Founded 2007.
  34. Rubikloud targets the retail industry with its cloud-based, realtime data analytics platform for processing, analyzing and searching continuous streams of data from multiple sources. Toronto, Canada. Founded 2013.
  35. new Salesforce's core product lines remain its cloud CRM and sales force automation applications. San Francisco, CA. Founded 1999.
  36. SAP remains a business intelligence software market-share leader, as it has since it acquired Business Objects in 2007. Walldorf, Germany. Founded 1972.
  37. SAS, founded in 1976, remains the biggest independent developer of business analytics software. Cary, NC. Founded 1976.
  38. SiSense offers business intelligence and dashboard applications that business users employ for analyzing and visualizing data collected from multiple sources. Tel Aviv, Israel. Founded 2010.
  39. Splunk develops operational intelligence software for monitoring, reporting and analyzing realtime machine data, as well as historical data stored on-premise or in the cloud. San Francisco, CA. Founded 2003.
  40. Sumo Logic is directly challenging Splunk, calling itself "the next-generation machine data analytics company." Mountain View, CA. Founded 2010.
  41. Tableau is one of the most visible of the new generation of business intelligence software, thanks to its successful initial public offering in 2013. Seattle, WA. Founded 2003.
  42. new ThoughtSpot wants to eliminate the need for complex BI tools. Palo Alto, CA. Founded 2012.
  43. TIBCO is a broad-based software vendor with products for event processing, application integration and cloud management. Palo Alto, CA. Founded 1997.
  44. newVisier brings business analytics to the realm of human resources management. Vancouver, BC. Founded 2010.
  45. Zoomdata develops software that allows users to connect, visualize and interact with data -- both realtime and historical data -- through browsers and mobile devices. Reston, VA. Founded 2012.

What you're probably asking how this list has changed since last year. Missing this year is 1010data, Chartio, Cirro, ClearStory Data, DataGravity, DataHero, DataSift, Digital Reasoning, Jaspersoft, Jut, Kognito, LucidWorks, Paradigm4, Pentaho, Revolution Analytics, Seeq, Sqrrl, and Via Science, for a total of 19 companies being dropped from the list.

With the removal of these companies, DataRPM, H2O, InsightSquared, Interana, Knime, Logi Analytics, Looker, Luminoso, Predixion, RapidMiner, Salesforce, ThoughtSpot, and Visier are added. It's interesting to see H2O, Knime, and RapidMiner all added (indicated by new), showing an increasing demand for flexible but powerful and tweakable platforms for business intelligence. Overall, many of the companies added to this list are fairly established entities, perhaps with the exception of newer companies like Interana (2013) and ThoughtSpot (2012).