Slideshow Inside a Big Data Headquarters

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  • February 08 2015, 6:16pm EST
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1. Inside A Big Data Headquarters

Blue Yonder, founded in 2008, claims it has assembled the largest team of top data scientists in Europe. Here’s a peek inside the company’s Karlsruhe, Germany headquarters – which combines people, process, and plenty of data center horsepower.Photographer: Martin Leissl/Bloomberg via Getty Images. Credit: Bloomberg / contributor

2. Meet the Founder

Michael Feindt, a nuclear physicist, founded Blue Yonder in 2008. During his earlier scientific research at CERN, he developed the NeuroBayes algorithm. The algorithm combines neural network techniques wit bayesian statistics to yield a well performing, fast algorithm for data analysis.Photographer: Martin Leissl/Bloomberg via Getty Images. Credit: Bloomberg / contributor

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3. Build, Expand, Repeat

Blue Yonder’s headquarters in Karlsruhe, Germany, could be a harbinger of more IT to come. Concern about the lack of local venture capital prompted Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel to devise a plan to build a new market for enterprises like Blue Yonder and spur investment. Among the recent milestones: Warburg Pincus, a global private equity firm, committed $75 million to Blue Yonder in December 2014.Photographer: Martin Leissl/Bloomberg via Getty Images. Credit: Bloomberg / contributor

4. Hardware Beneath the Software

Computer server towers stand inside Blue Yonder’s data storage center. Blue Yonder claims the scalable, cloud-based system delivers precise predictions for demand planning and replenishment. The SaaS offering also supports dynamic pricing and customer analytics. Photographer: Martin Leissl/Bloomberg via Getty Images. Credit: Bloomberg / contributor

5. Building the Brand

As you tour the data center, you’ll notice the Blue Yonder brand just about everywhere.Photographer: Martin Leissl/Bloomberg via Getty Images. Credit: Bloomberg / contributor

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6. Big Data, Big Numbers

Blue Yonder’s infrastructure and network connections allow software to make 30,000 predictions per section -- tracking 35 million combinations of products and locations. Photographer: Martin Leissl/Bloomberg via Getty Images. Credit: Bloomberg / contributor

7. Training Data Scientists

In January 2014, Blue Yonder launched the Data Science Academy. It seeks to strive executives, business users and IT on next-generation data science capabilities.Photographer: Martin Leissl/Bloomberg via Getty Images. Credit: Bloomberg / contributor

8. Keeping it Real

Amid all the infrastructure and big data code, Blue Yonder’s headquarters still has room for brainstorming. The idea is to stretch your mind – and your legs – as you think long and hard about the future of predictive analytics, big data, churn management and plenty more.Photographer: Martin Leissl/Bloomberg via Getty Images. Credit: Bloomberg / contributor

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9. Growing Market

Already, about 40 percent of German enterprises use predictive analytics solutions for quality assurance, supply chain management and more, notes Pierre Audoin Consultants. Photographer: Martin Leissl/Bloomberg via Getty Images. Credit: Bloomberg / contributor

10. Next Moves

So where does Blue Yonder go from here? CEO Uwe Weiss is driving the company’s direction. His goal is to “bring together world-class data science and world-class standard enterprise software.” Earlier, he co-founded Crossgate, a B2B software company that SAP acquired in 2011 for an undisclosed sum.Photographer: Martin Leissl/Bloomberg via Getty Images. Credit: Bloomberg / contributor

11. Even More

Want to check out additional Information Management slideshows? Visit our gallery area. Special thanks to Bloomberg for the Blue Yonder photos. Information Management has added its editorial perspectives and views throughout.Credit for Photo Above: iStock