Earlier this year I became aware of Predixion Software, and the excellent plans being made by their team, headed by CEO Simon Arkell and CTO Jamie MacLennan. I plan to be talking more about this company in the near future, but today decided to put in a post about activity this company has made public today (I have more to say that fits in a tweet).
First: The video posted to http://www.dailymotion.com/predixion
I like the video production quality, not just the lighting and the shot angles, but also that they created a storyline. CTO Jamie MacLennan does most of the talking, but you also see messages from CEO Simon Arkell about the company in general. The video includes some screenshots and information about Predixion Insight. Some of the other shots show peole now working at Predixion Software. One image which sticks in my mind is Jamie playing guitar in a group.
Second: Bodgan Crivat’s blog post today: http://www.bogdancrivat.net/dm/archives/62
In a coordinated effort, Bogdan also posted today about Predixion Software. He tells the story about how he had worked on the cloud possibilities while he was at Microsoft. He also shares that Predixion Insight unlocks the potential for the cloud.
Third: Jamie MacLennan’s post today: http://jamiemaclennan.blogspot.com/2010/08/predixion-on-brink.html
Jamie talks about starting with Predixion Software this past January, and along with a small development team, aims to produce a disruptive predictive analytics strategy. I agree with him that the concept is exciting since Predixion Insight sounds like it will be based both on the familiar SQL Server Data Mining technology, and yet offer analysts and organizations more functionality. He also mentions a VIP beta (who is so lucky to be involved in that?), and a formal beta starting on August 16 (first come, first served).
For Bogdan and Jamie to blog on the same day after only periodic posts in the past few months means two things: 1) they are intensely engaged on something interesting, and 2) they have something important to say now.
I want to emphasize in this post that SQL Server Data Mining has always been a development platform from the outset. Predixion Software’s product Predxion Insight aims to build on this platform and deliver a competitive offering for anyone doing predictive analytics. The August 16 beta participants have the opportunity to see what their product is all about, and I repeat again what they are looking for:
- SQL Server Data Mining Add-In Users
- PowerPivot Users
- Excel Users