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The Top 10 Big Data Tools And Technologies Of 2018 (So Far)

Rick Whiting

As the volume of data that businesses try to collect, manage and analyze continues to explode, spending for big data and business analytics technologies is expected to reach $210 billion by 2020. Here are 10 big data products that caught our attention in the first half of 2018.

Tableau Prep

Recent studies have shown that analysts spend as much as 80 percent of their time preparing data and only 20 percent analyzing it. In April data analytics software developer Tableau Software sought to reduce data preparation times with Tableau Prep, a new data preparation product that makes it easier for everyday workers to combine, shape and clean data for data analysis.

The software, which emphasizes data visualization functionality, includes features that automate complex data preparation tasks such as joins, pivots and aggregations. The new product also provides smart algorithms such as "fuzzy clustering" that automate repetitive tasks such as grouping by pronunciation or cleaning by punctuation.

Tableau Prep is integrated with Tableau's data analysis workflow and is offered as part of the company's Creator subscription offerings. Current users of Tableau Desktop can use Tableau Prep at no charge for two years.

 
Rick Whiting

Rick Whiting has been with CRN since 2006 and is currently a feature/special projects editor. Whiting manages a number of CRN’s signature annual editorial projects including Channel Chiefs, Partner Program Guide, Big Data 100, Emerging Vendors, Tech Innovators and Products of the Year. He also covers the Big Data beat for CRN. He can be reached at rwhiting@thechannelcompany.com.

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