Microsoft makes big data analytics and mobile BI acquisitions

Microsoft has made a number of acquisitions expanding its analytics capability and portfolio, bringing Revolution Analytics and Datazen on board.

Revolution Analytics has leveraged the R programming language with its own technology, making R enterprise-ready with speed and scalability for large data warehouses and Hadoop systems.

Joseph Sirosh, corporate vice president of information management and machine learning, Microsoft, said together Microsoft and Revolution will “help unlock the power of the R language for advanced analytics on big data”.

Microsoft plans to build R and Revolution’s technology into its data platform products so companies, developers and data scientists can use it across on-premise, hybrid cloud and Azure public cloud environments. This includes building R into SQL Server for fast and scale in-database analytics, and integrating Revolution’s scalable R distribution into Azure HDInsight and Azure Machine Learning to speed up big data analysis.

At the other end of the spectrum, Datazen Software is an industry leader in mobile business intelligence and data visualisation on Windows, iOS and android devices.

Kamal Hathi, partner director, cloud and enterprise, Microsoft, said, “This acquisition accelerates our Power BI strategy to help organisations create a data culture with easy-to-use, accessible tools to extract maximum value from data – from anywhere, on any device.”

Datazen is optimised for SQL Server Analysis Services and the overall Microsoft platform, and SQL Server Enterprise Edition customers with version 2008 or later and Software Assurance can now download the Datazen Server software at no additional cost. Users can then visualise and interact with data using native mobile apps which are available free via the app stores.

“Datazen technology solutions will complement Power BI, our cloud-based business analytics service, rounding out our mobile capabilities for customers who need a mobile BI solution implemented on-premises and optimised for SQL Server,” Hathi said.

“Over time, we plan to integrate Datazen technology with Power BI to give our customers another hybrid bridge for their on-premises investment to the cloud.”