My company, OpenBI, is getting ready to celebrate a birthday. When opened for business eight years ago, we branded as a data warehousing/business intelligence consultancy focused on open source software. OpenBI's expanded well beyond OS in 2014, and while DW/BI's still central to the business, our product portfolio now includes big data and data science. I'd guess the current mix is roughly 50-50 traditional and new.

That evolution pleases me and certainly mirrors changes in the industry. A statistician with a data science background, I was more the company “R guy” early on. Now, it seems, all OpenBI'ers are R guys – or at least R (Python-pandas) apprentices.

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