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GigaOm Radar for Data Science Platforms: Cloud Providers, Data Platform Vendors, and Enterprise Incumbentsv1.0

Table of Contents

  1. Summary
  2. Market Categories and User Segments
  3. Key Criteria Comparison
  4. GigaOm Radar
  5. Vendor Insights
  6. Analyst’s Take
  7. About Andrew Brust

1. Summary

This Radar report will help enterprise buyers become familiar with data science platforms and vendor offerings. Most enterprise organizations now work with high-volume data; data science platforms help them mine that data and codify the findings in predictive models. Results can range from improving strategic decision making to optimizing the customer experience.

There are three types of vendors reviewed in this Radar: cloud providers, data platform vendors, and enterprise incumbent players, all of whom offer a broad range of data and analytics-focused platforms and services. That focus makes them suitable for large organizations that would like to take advantage of a vendor with broad offerings that focus not only on data science but also on other aspects of data handling and analytics.

Because of this versatility, choosing one of these vendors may enrich capabilities within different steps of the data science workflow. For example, a vendor that offers tight integration with storage and databases can provide substantial support in the data ingestion stage. Vendors that offer broad capabilities focused on management can help users greatly in the production stage. And vendors that offer thorough data governance capabilities can better support the monitoring stage.

The main goal of data science platforms is to provide a unified environment for managing all data-science-related activities. The platforms in this Radar report provide multiple capabilities without the need for complex integrations, unlike specialist vendors who focus on data science and offer additional capabilities through third-party integrations.

The vendors reviewed in this Radar report are best suited for companies with a range of data and analytics needs, of which data science is an important but not necessarily the dominant part.

How to Read this Report

This GigaOm report is one of a series of documents that helps IT organizations assess competing solutions in the context of well-defined features and criteria. For a fuller understanding, consider reviewing the following reports:
Key Criteria report: A detailed market sector analysis that assesses the impact that key product features and criteria have on top-line solution characteristics—such as scalability, performance, and TCO—that drive purchase decisions.
GigaOm Radar report: A forward-looking analysis that plots the relative value and progression of vendor solutions along multiple axes based on strategy and execution. The Radar report includes a breakdown of each vendor’s offering in the sector.
Solution Profile: An in-depth vendor analysis that builds on the framework developed in the Key Criteria and Radar reports to assess a company’s engagement within a technology sector. This analysis includes forward-looking guidance around both strategy and product.