All eyes in the big data world are on the Open Data Platform -- a new association that strives to promote big data technologies and open source platforms like Hadoop. While promising and backed by big names like GE and IBM, the Open Data Platform initiative also lacks some key names. Here's a reality check.

First, the big picture. The Open Data Platform will "promote big data technologies based on open source software from the Apache Hadoop ecosystem and optimize testing among and across the ecosystem’s vendors. These efforts will accelerate the ability of enterprises to build or implement data-driven applications," according to a statement from the association's founders.

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