I just received a message on one of my R listserv accounts from REvolution Computing touting October's roundup of entries in the Revolutions blog. REvolution Computing is the company supporting the commercial dialects of the R Project for Statistical Computing, the open source statistical, data management and visualization software that has enjoyed dizzying world-wide success the last 10 years.

Statistical and predictive analytics software is fast becoming a next big competitive landscape in the business intelligence market. IBM recently purchased venerable 40 year old vendor SPSS and will undoubtedly use it's muscle to expand the SPSS footprint. SPSS predictive models are already embedded in a host of business applications. Expect that development to escalate. Expect also tighter integration with IBM-owned BI platform Cognos to provide cradle-to-grave intelligence.

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