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Teradata Buys Big Data Consultancy - Grows Analytics Services

Big data analytics company Teradata, announced yesterday that it has purchased Big Data Partnership, an EMEA-based services provider of big data solutions and training. Big Data Partnership has expertise in Apache Hadoop, Apache Spark, NoSQL and search technologies and helps its clients to become more data savvy through data science.

The terms of the acquisition agreement were not disclosed.

Big data analytics services represent a fast-growing market valued at $40 billion in 2015 (according to Gartner Market Guide for BI & Analytic Service Providers, August 2015). Internet of Things sensor data and information streams from consumer technologies are fueling growth and demand for multi-genre analytics, new data infrastructures and business models.

Some companies experiment with big data analytics, investing in and trying many data platforms and techniques, with mixed or poor results. Other companies scramble to recruit experts and services in the face of petabyte-sized data fluctuations.

In this opportunity-rich market, Big Data Partnership was founded in 2012 by Mike Merritt-Holmes, Tim Seears and Pinal Gandhi in 2012. Today, it has a team of big data architects, engineers, data scientists and certified trainers engaged with clients on-site and through its London facility.

Big Data Partnership will now join Teradata's Think Big consulting practice, accelerating Think Big's expansion of open source consulting services internationally. The Big Data Partnership team will be additive to Teradata's consulting capabilities that provide consulting, platform-neutral options and agile implementation services for big data analytics.

"Big Data Partnership... broadens our analytic services portfolio, enhancing Think Big's expertise and giving our customers more choices, outcomes tailored to their goals and valuable knowledge transfer," said Rick Farnell, senior vice president, Think Big.

"... The Big Data Partnership consultancy fits well with Teradata's increasingly strong global analytics practice. As a result, we see fast-growing opportunities in the services market, where hybrid platforms and integration of on-premises and cloud capabilities evolve seamlessly," said Farnell.

With the acquisition, Teradata looks to expand its presence in Europe and Asia, with an initial focus on the U.K., France, Germany, Nordics, Switzerland and China.

Big Data Partnership's approach to helping companies deliver big data programs quickly includes an assessment of technology, business and governance maturity. It evaluates client's big data assets at any stage of deployment and provides comprehensive recommendations. Big Data Partnership also brings assets and experience in applying data science, machine learning and real-time feeds to accelerate advanced decision-making.

Teradata continues to invest in open source technology and consulting services to expand its expertise in big data analytics and Hadoop-optimized systems and services.

Article published by Anna Hill
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