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The Coolest Big Data System And Platform Vendors Of The 2019 Big Data 100

Rick Whiting

Part 2 of CRN's 2019 Big Data 100 looks at the companies you need to know that provide big data systems and platforms. 

Top Executives: CEOs Marc Benioff and Keith Block

While's focus is on cloud CRM and salesforce automation applications, the company develops Einstein Analytics (previously known as Wave Analytics), the company's AI-powered business analytics software that runs on the Salesforce cloud platform. The lineup includes Einstein Predictions with automated discovery and predictive insights capabilities.


Top Executive: CEO Bill McDermott

SAP offers a number of business analytics products that work closely with the company's operational applications, including the SAP Analytics Cloud, SAP Lumira data visualization software, the SAP BW/4HANA data warehouse system, SAP Crystal Reports reporting software and the SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence Suite analytics software.

SAP develops its software on its HANA in-memory database platform, the core of the company's data management technology. The company also markets the SAP Data Hub, a comprehensive package of data integration, processing and governance tools.

Snowflake Computing 

Top Executive: CEO Bob Muglia

Cloud data warehouse service provider Snowflake Computing is one of the fastest growing companies in the big data arena in recent years, despite competing with Amazon Web Services, Google and Oracle, among others.

In October the company raised $450 million in growth funding, bringing its total funding to $923 million and its pre-money valuation to $3.5 billion. In February the company announced that it more than tripled its revenue and its customer base in its fiscal year ending Jan. 31.

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

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