Microsoft Acquires Data Science Specialist Revolution Analytics

Microsoft Acquires Data Science Specialist

In a bid to boost its software analytics strategy, Redmond-based Microsoft acquired Revolution Analytics, a Mountain View-based big data analytics specialist with a strong focus on R programming language. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed to the public. Microsoft says that its acquired Revolution Analytics to help more companies use the power of R programming language to unlock big data insights with advanced analytics.

Revolution Analytics is a leading commercial provider of software and services for R, the world's most widely used programming language and the new de facto standard for predictive analytics and statistical computing. It provides R programming analytic solutions for open-source and proprietary big data platforms.

Founded in Connecticut in 2007, Revolution Analytics (formerly known as REvolution Computing) is a statistical software company focused on developing open source software R for enterprise, academic and analytics customers. Revolution Analytics provides support and services for R language in a model similar to RedHat's approach with Linux operating system. In 2010 it announced the name changed and change in focus- big data and high performance computing. Revolution Analytics' top customers include some of the world's leading banks and financial institutions, consulting services, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing and technology companies.

Revolution Analytics has raised $38.7 million in venture funding since it was founded in 2007, it investors include Intel Capital and North Bridge Venture Partners.

Revolution Analytics says it will continue to support the free Revolution R Open Project and will continue to offer technical support for current customers with Revolution R Plus subscriptions. Revolution Analytics currently supports about 150 R user groups and regularly contributes to R related projects like ParallelR and Rhadoop.

Microsoft currently offers a wide range of big data and analytics services, but it still unclear how the company plans to integrate Revolution's technology into its current software offerings.

Joseph Sirosh, corporate vice president, machine learning at Microsoft, said in a recent blog post: “this acquisition would boost the company's position among the broader open source community, which has clearly become very strategically important for Microsoft over the past few years.”

Microsoft has been working hard to bolster its cloud big data offerings. In 2013, it launched HDInsight, the company's cloud-based Hadoop distribution. And last November, it launched support for customized HDInsight clusters with a new a Script Action feature.

With Revolution Analytics, Microsoft will now bring more data analytics capabilities to its customers and market.

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