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Big data enters open-source hype cycle

Mar 21, 2012, 16:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matt Asay)

"Is it the open source hype cycle, replayed in big-data style?

"Possibly. Open source was all the rage in the tech press for years as it promised to lower costs while improving enterprise IT freedom. Ultimately, a few start-ups cashed out big time (MySQL, JBoss), but for the most part the real value in open source came as both IT vendors and in-house IT organisations turned to open source to provide raw material for their software projects. Open source became less about sales and more about code, which was exactly what it was designed to do.

"Call it data warehousing and data mining. Call it business analytics. Call it whatever you want. It's not new, and it's not even necessarily a game changer, given that many industries have long been optimising for data collection and analytics, potentially leaving little room to significantly improve."

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