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Data Is the New Currency. But Who’s Leading the Way?

In 2005, Tim O’Reilly said: “data is the next Intel Inside“. Today IDC Mario Morales (VP of semiconductor research) says data is the new currency. All’s good until you read the continuation:

And the companies that understand this are the ones already developing the analytics and infrastructure to extract that value—companies like IBM, HP, Intel, Microsoft, TI, Freescale and Oracle.

The article (nb: may require registration) continues by looking at what each of these companies are doing in the Big Data space, but focuses a large part on IBM Watson.

Going back to the question “who’s leading the Big Data way“, let’s take a quick look at the technology behind Watson. According to Jeopardy Goes to Hadoop and About Watson, Watson technology is based on Apache Hadoop, using an IBM language technology built on the Apache UIMA platform[1] and running Linux on IBM boxes.

To me it looks like open source is leading the advances in Big Data and these large organizations are just connecting the dots (as in packaging these technologies for enterprise environments and contributing missing pieces here and there)[2]. When did this happen before?


  1. Dmitriy Ryaboy taught me that UIMA came out of IBM in the first place and they’ve been critical in its development.  

  2. Or they are very secretive about their internal initiatives and research.  

Original title and link: Data Is the New Currency. But Who’s Leading the Way? (NoSQL database©myNoSQL)