Accenture (NYSE: ACN) has entered into an alliance agreement with Hortonworks, a leading contributor to and provider of enterprise Apache™ Hadoop®, in a further strategic move to build its big data and digital capabilities and bring big outcomes from big data and analytics to its clients.
Hortonworks will serve up its Hadoop distribution platform to Accenture customers, while Accenture will offer support to clients looking to marry the Hortonworks data platform with their existing IT infrastructure.
There are scores of promising big data companies, but Fortune sought to cut through the noise and reached out to a number of luminaries in the field to ask which big data companies they believe have the biggest potential.
What was significant about the conversation is that, despite being employed by fierce competitors, Cutting and Murthy showed genuine appreciation for each other and respect for each other’s contributions to the Apache Hadoop project.
In case you're unfamiliar, the Hadoop software is likened to a database and may be seen as competition for traditional relational databse systems from Oracle (ORCL) and IBM (IBM), and, to a certain extent, the analytical capabilities of Teradata (TDC (thought that is a matter of debate), but it really is a bird of a different feather.
He said that organizations can unlock a great deal of potentially useful information and cost savings by using Hadoop, but that the marketplace for the platform has become quite crowded. - See more at: http://sdtimes.com/hadoop-summit-predicts-big-growth-in-future/#sthash.7qLiObTV.dpuf