The love child of SAP Chairman Hasso Plattner has taken to the company blog to politely coax IBM Ginni Rometty’s Jeopardy-winning cog (this is the term that IBM is beginning to use for cognitive technology) into a relationship.

“Isn't it a no brainer to get Watson to work on HANA?” writes Vijay Vijayasankar, Global Vice President at SAP Labs.

He wasn’t quite so blunt in the beginning of the post:

I would like to make an open invitation to IBM -- how about we join hands to make Watson and HANA work together for the benefit of our customers?

I am not just making this up -- my boss Vishal Sikka who is the executive board member at SAP responsible for all our products and innovation areas is fully supportive of this idea too.”

From there Vijayasankar goes on to provide six reasons as to why SAP would be the perfect partner for Watson, ranging from HANA being a powerful performance platform to its ability to scale up and out easily and to support federation with other systems like Hive, Sybase IQ, etc.

There are also the 1,100 big data and analytics startups that SAP is actively nurturing as they work to create applications on SAP HANA to consider -- IBM could use them to put Watson in front of its customers.

Now, mind you, we have no way of knowing whether Rometty or Watson boss Michael Rhodin have read Vijayasankar’s post, but IBM’s Competitive Intelligence team’s radar ought to light-up when it gets wind of SAP’s takeaway close:

It is absolutely possible that with some investment in time and effort, both SAP and IBM can build something similar to "HANA+Watson" by themselves instead of by collaborating. But why take that route if we can add value to our customers in much shorter time by working together?”

I can almost hear U2’s "With or Without You" playing in the background.

Jaspersoft, Clockwork Team Up to Deliver Big Data Analytics on Assets

Managing assets is a vital business, not only to investment firms, but to companies whose businesses rely on the management of complex machinery, transportation fleets, energy plants and so on. A great deal of complex structured and unstructured data needs to be crunched and analyzed to ensure that goods, services, resources and supplies are utilized at optimal levels and that there’s no burp in service whatsoever.

Clockwork, a predictive analytics solutions company that leverages continuously updating operating data to ensure that key performance indicators are always up to date, has announced a partnership with business intelligence (BI) tools and services provider Jaspersoft, to extend its analytics capabilities.

The end result? To borrow a phrase from IBM, a smarter planet, on which trucks avoid traffic jams, time and fuel waste, where there are no blackouts during heat waves and so on.

Cloudera and Koverse Buddy Up to Bring the Enterprise Data Hub to Regulated Industries

Want to sell to the Federal government or a highly regulated industry? If yes, then you have to measure up to certain stringent standards.

Earlier this week Cloudera announced that it would be partnering with Koverse to speed the development of the open source Apache Accumulo project. The engineers from both companies will work side by side on the scalable, high performance distributed key / value store that is part of the Apache Software Foundation.

For those unfamiliar with Koverse, the company provides a platform that helps customers derive meaningful insight from their big data. It ingests and processes large amounts of data quickly, regardless of type or source. Customers are then able to process new raw data and insights in less than one day, which the company says is a significant improvement over traditional analytic solutions. The platform is multi-tenant and it leverages Accumulo’s security capabilities so that users with different access rights can work within the same system, eliminating the cost of implementing separate systems based on security context.

Learning Opportunities

Accumulo is a component of Cloudera’s Enterprise Data Hub strategy.

Datawatch Provides Analytics to Data Stuck in Documentum Repositories

Up until recently we haven’t heard Enterprise Content Management vendors talk about analytics a great deal. That is now beginning to change.

Earlier this week Datawatch, a leading global provider of visual data discovery solutions, announced the integration of Datawatch Report Mining Server (RMS) with EMC’s Documentum via a connecter. The resulting content management analytics solution promises to help users to gain insight from data trapped within reports and documents contained in their EMC Documentum systems.

By leveraging the Datawatch/Documentum solution, information workers will be able to perform real time reporting and analysis of text-based documents stored in their Documentum repositories. They will also be able to easily repurpose existing repository content for new applications, reporting and visualizations.

But that’s not all. Datawatch says that ECM information can also be reevaluated, organized and integrated to provide a 360-degree view of any type of business issue or opportunity, thereby providing additional insight for improving business decisions, processes and productivity.

Facebook Alumni Offer Presto as a Service

Facebook open sourced Presto, the interactive query engine it created for Hadoop, in November. Its creators Ashish Thusoo and Joydeep Sen Sarma have wasted no time in bringing it to the cloud and launching it as a service at Qubole, their new company.

Some pundits predict that Qubole’s Presto will give every other SQL on the Hadoop engine a run for their money (it’s reportedly 10 times faster than Hive), but as Cloudera pointed out earlier this week, it still has a ways to go before it is enterprise ready.

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