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Teradata Buys Hadoop Consulting Firm Think Big Analytics
Teradata Buys Hadoop Consulting Firm Think Big Analytics
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Data warehouse software and hardware provider Teradata is on a big data acquisitions roll. The company just grabbed Think Big Analytics to help customers get the most from their data.

After acquiring Revelytix and Hadapt in July, Teradata is focusing on consulting expertise with the Think Big Analytics buy. Think Big focuses exclusively on Hadoop and big data solutions and has a strong track record helping enterprises implement big data initiatives. FInancial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

"This is Teradata's third big data-related acquisition in six weeks, all of which are key to achieving our goal of being the leader in enabling customers to derive maximum value from all their data," said Mike Koehler, President and CEO of Teradata. "Think Big’s consulting expertise enhances Teradata’s capability to advise customers on the best way to leverage diverse, open source big data technologies to grow their business."

Embracing Open Source Solutions

Think Big brings experience implementing open source big data technologies like Hadoop, NoSQL databases including HBase, Cassandra and MongoDB, and Storm for real-time event processing to Teradata’s treasure chest.

Think Big’s deep-domain knowledge spans various Hadoop distributions such as Hortonworks, Cloudera, and MapR. Think Big also offers a set of pre-built application components for customer and clickstream analytics, distributed device data management and analytics, and risk and trading analytics.

"Their expertise, proven delivery methodology, intellectual property assets, and solution frameworks will strengthen Teradata’s position as the global leader helping organizations become data-driven enterprises through analytics," said Randy Lea, Vice President of the Teradata Aster Data Center of Excellence at Teradata Americas Sales and Services. "Teradata and Think Big embrace a range of vendor-neutral, open source options and recommend the best combination based on each customer’s unique business needs."

Breadth and Depth

What does Think Big really do on the practical side? Big data strategy and implementation from soup to nuts. The firm’s consulting team can literally manage the entire Hadoop and big data deployment process. That includes conducting assessments, building a strategic roadmap, designing an effective architecture, and implementing big data solutions.

We caught up with Zeus Kerravala, principal analyst at ZK Research, to get his take on the acquisition. With three acquisition in the space in less than two months, he told us Teradata has clearly bet the farm on analytics and big data.

“Think Big gives Teradata a specialized firm that focuses on Hadoop big data solutions. Hadoop has been one of the hottest growing areas for big data analytics in the enterprise. That kind of experience will only benefit Teradata and round out its offerings,” Kerravala said.

“This is a very good pick up for Teradata. It complements Teradata’s current big data and analytics and consulting services nicely. It gives them not only the breadth of solutions that Teradata needs but also depth in the area,” he added.

As part of the acquisition, Think Big’s employees and management team will join Teradata’s big data consulting practice. Think Big’s headquarters will remain in Mountainview, Calif.

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