September 18, 2009

Predictive Analytics, Cloud Computing, and IBM

Recently I've mused at the planned acquisition of SPSS by IBM and the possibility of bringing predictive analytics in a completely new and radical way to the business audience similar to what Microsoft did with Farecast in Bing. In a recent article in, Erich Clementi, IBM GM for cloud computing revealed that
"In the next six months, IBM plans to extend its cloud computing offerings to include a range of business analytics tools"
Business analytics tools on top of cloud computing is certainly interesting, but not totally new. A few small and big BI software providers are already hard at work developing their SaaS offerings. Note: See an example of Cloud BI with Good Data - a Marc Andreessen's funded company.

The fact that IBM is serious about cloud-computing and already publicly mentioning business analytics as one of the cloud services is worth taking notice. The interesting part is what could happen in 18-24 months from now, when SPSS integration is essentially completed and new development projects well under way. Could we see Cloud Predictive?

It is certainly a far more creative possibility than just selling SPSS enterprise software licenses using a direct or indirect channel. No doubt IBM has made a number of interesting moves and announcements in the last few months.



  1. Pierre, excellent posting. To answer your question: "Could we see Cloud Predictive?"

    Yes, we will --- and no need to wait, it is already available today!

    Please take a look at Zementis which provides its ADAPA predictive analytics decision engine as a SaaS solution on the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2). Using the Predictive Model Markup Language (PMML) standard, it allows you to deploy, integrate and execute predictive models from virtually all major analytics vendors, commercial and open source.