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The 10 Biggest Big Data News Stories Of 2018

From company mergers and acquisitions, to new data protection regulations, to the rapid adoption of AI technology by software developers, the big data arena was anything but dull this year.

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9. Big Companies Augment Big Data Capabilities Through Acquisitions

Big data technology, either as standalone software tools or built into broader products, has been hot in recent years. In 2018 there were a number of noteworthy cases where leading IT companies – some big data/business analytics vendors themselves, some not – made key acquisitions to strengthen their technology portfolios.

Data analytics software vendor bought Podium Data, a developer of an enterprise data management platform, in a move to expand its product portfolio into a more complete big data system. Hewlett Packard Enterprise acquired big-data-as-a-service startup BlueData in a bid to inject artificial intelligence and big data management capabilities into its software-defined architecture. And Oracle had its eye on adding to the machine learning functionality of the Oracle Cloud with its purchase of

Other notable acquisitions in the big data arena included Google's buyout of Cask Data and its tools for building big data analytics services on Hadoop, IBM's acquisition of Armanta and its data aggregation and analytics software for financial service companies, and Salesforce's purchase of marketing intelligence and analytics platform developer Datorama.

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