Revolution Newsletter: February 2012
The most recent edition of the Revolution Newsletter is out. The news section is below, and you can read the full February edition (with highlights from this blog and community events) online. You can subscribe to the Revolution Newsletter to get it monthly via email.
Revolution Analytics Welcomes New CEO, Dave Rich. Dave joins the Revolution team from Accenture Analytics, where he was most recently Global Managing Director. Former CEO Norman Nie remains on the Revolution Analytics board and will act as Dave's Senior Advisor for Products and Strategy. Read what they both have to say about this exciting change in our press release.
Revolution R Enterprise now supporting Red Hat 6. The latest update is now available to all subscribers, and expands platform support to Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 and 6 and Microsoft Windows. If you are a current subscriber and haven't received your update notification, please contact Revolution Analytics support.
Congratulations to the winners of the Applications of R in Business contest! Shannon Terry & Ben Ogorek of Nationwide Insurance generously donated their $10,000 grand prize for their direct-marketing forecasting system to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank, and Jeffrey Breen of the Atmosphere Research Group was the $5,000 runner-up for his airline consumer sentiment application. Five other applications received honorable mention awards. Learn more about these applications at ReadWriteHack, in SiliconAngle, and the Revolution Analytics press release.
Michigan State University scales up research with Revolution R Enterprise. With the high-performance distributed computing capabilities of Revolution R Enterprise 5, MSU is running 4x more jobs on its state-of-the-art Statistician Computing Cluster, and cutting the running time of some big analyses by a factor of 10 or more. Learn how in this article at ReadWriteWeb or in the Revolution Analytics case study.
See you at Strata Santa Clara, Feb 28 - Mar 1. Revolution Analytics is proud to sponsor the premier conference on big data and data science, and we invite all R users (and the R-curious!) to visit us in the exhibition hall. And don't miss the Revolution team members in the program: Joe Rickert delivers the workshop Introduction to R for Data Mining on Feb 28, and Antonio Piccolboni presents "RHadoop, R meets Hadoop" on Feb 29.
Predictive Analytics World San Francisco, March 4-10. We're also proud to be a Silver Sponsor of PAW, a major conference devoted to strengthening the business impact of business analytics. Don't miss the workshop by R package author Max Kuhn, R for Predictive Modeling on March 4, and David Smith will review the Applications of R Business contest at the useR meeting on March 5. See you there!
Revolution Analytics Winter Webinar Series continues. "A Backstage Tour of Gggplot2 with Hadley Wickham" was our most popular webinar ever; if you missed it, a replay is now available. Don't miss our upcoming free webinars: an introduction to Revolution R (Feb 22); high-performance analytics with Revolution R and Netezza (Feb 29); R for Finance with Dr. Sanjiv Das; Impactful Models with James Taylor (Mar 14); and Actuarial Analytics with Deloitte Consulting's James Guszcza (Mar 28).
Who are the top 20 influencers in Big Data? Forbes' blog lists Revolution Analytics' David Smith at the #2 spot.
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