The latest version of the Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP), v2.1, marks a key step in the platform's future roadmap, supporting interactive SQL, search, and streaming, and adding support for incubating security features.
Cloudera has revised product packaging to make it more convenient (and affordable) for clients to buy the whole platform, and released support for Apache Spark, bringing Fast Data applications to Hadoop.
Microsoft is betting heavily on the cloud for delivering self-service BI capabilities. Power BI builds on existing Microsoft Excel building blocks, including Power Query and Power View, to provide a single self-service client based on the familiar Excel spreadsheet as the user interface.
PTC's $112m acquisition of ThingWorx, a startup offering a platform for building and running applications based on smart, connected devices, will logically extend the company's service lifecycle management (SLM) business.
Intel is the latest player to release its own edition of the recent Hadoop 2.0 platform. Besides being a way to sell more x86 hardware, Intel's Hadoop strategy is a pillar of its software-defined infrastructure vision.
Several important pieces have recently fallen into place for SAP's Big Data strategy, including extension of Smart Data Access, its federated query technology, and new Hadoop platform OEM deals with Hortonworks and Intel.