On Tuesday, IBM announced that it was acquiring SPSS for 1.2B in an all cash deal. Not surprising that one of the big database companies would go after a data mining software company. For many companies, it’s all about the database. IBM’s existing Intelligent Miner package is not widely used, though I’ve heard that it’s powerful. (Never used it myself.)
My question is, what does this mean for the analytics field / to the analytics community?
Microsoft will continue to chart their own course. Not a wise move in my opinion. SQL Server Analysis Services is IMHO, fairly awful and has very few features. Plus, Microsoft has widely known (and academically published) problems with creating accurate statistics routines. (e.g. McCullogh & Wilson, On the accuracy of statistical procedures in Microsoft Excel 2000 and Excel XP, Computational Statistics & Data Analysis 40 (2002) 713 – 721)
Oracle bought Thinking Machines International and their Darwin data mining suite in 1999, and Oracle Data Mining is somewhat widely used and fairly powerful. They might continue to chart their own course as well.
But if Microsoft or Oracle did go after someone, I’m guessing StatSoft would be the target…