Microsoft recognizes the importance of big data to increase a company’s efficiency and productivity, and as a powerful force to accelerate competitive advantage. It’s not just about how much data you have but how that data can be used intelligently to provide valuable insights. Microsoft’s Server and Cloud Platform allows all kinds of data – structured, unstructured and streaming – from inside and outside the organization to be stored. Microsoft believes big data should be in the hands of the people closest to your business who are moments away from that next big idea. Microsoft’s simple approach is to wed the power of 100% Apache Hadoop with your core databases and bring unstructured and structured data to life through rich 3D data visualizations with the tools that your business uses most.
In April 2014, Microsoft unveiled three products which it estimates will help customers capture more than $1 trillion in revenue over the next four years. These are SQL Server 2014, Analytics Platform System (APS) and Azure Intelligent Systems Service, a cloud-based service to collect and manage data from the Internet of Things. Microsoft has continued to work with industry leading hardware partners including Dell and HP to deliver APS as an invaluable data warehouse appliance.
SAP: SAP HANA Startup
SAP recently launched a free program, Startup Focus as a global program to help promising startups in the Big Data, predictive and real-time analytics space develop new applications on SAP HANA and accelerate market traction. SAP Startup Focus provides startups with the following key benefits at no cost:
•Technology: Immediate access to cutting edge HANA technology platform
•Resources: Access to technical HANA experts and marketing & sales enablement support
•Customers: Access to our 250,000+ global customer base to sell market-ready solutions
•Money: Opportunity to pitch to the venture community via the HANA Real Time Fund and SAP Ventures
•Community: Of entrepreneurs, partners, investors and thought leaders in the Big Data space
•No equity: SAP Startup Focus does not require any equity sharing from participating startups
More information here.
SAS: SAS® Analytics U
SAS Analytics U offers anyone in a teaching or learning environment free options for accessing SAS software. In addition to world-class analytical software, SAS Analytics U also offers a variety of resources and ways to connect with fellow SAS users, including:
•Free SAS software you can use in introductory to advanced-level statistics and quantitative methods classes, or in self-directed learning.
•Free eLearning and video tutorials that will teach you the basics of SAS programming and statistical analysis.
•An online community for SAS academic users where you’ll find forums, software support, instructional videos and more
Visit www.sas.com/analyticsu for more information and links to free software for learning SAS.
SAS® University Edition software
SAS University Edition is a free version of select SAS products for teaching and learning statistics and quantitative methods. Available via a direct download to your PC, Mac or Linux machine. Learn more and download the software here
CloudU is a free vendor-neutral curriculum designed for business owners and technical professionals who want to strengthen their knowledge of the fundamentals of Cloud Computing. If you’re unsure on what cloud computing is, please view the video here to find out more. At CloudU, you’ll find a comprehensive series of original whitepapers, live and on-demand webinars, events, lessons, blogs, videos and e-books aimed at increasing Cloud Computing knowledge among businesses. The program is a collaborative effort between Rackspace Hosting and industry analysts. The content of CloudU isn’t vendor specific. Anyone looking to move to the Cloud, regardless of vendor or platform, can benefit from CloudU.