Enterprise-grade R technology coming to Microsoft

Microsoft has officially completed the acquisition of Revolution Analytics, a leading commercial provider of software and services for R, a widely-used programming language for predictive analytics. The move promises exciting new capabilities for advanced analytics, whether on-premises or in the Microsoft Azure cloud.

We first told you about this pending acquisition in January, and I’m excited to see it come to fruition as further evidence our commitment to empower enterprises with ever-more meaningful insights from data. Moving forward, we will build R and Revolution’s technology into our Azure IoT services and the comprehensive Microsoft data platform, enabling enormous increase in speed and scalability of data analysis;  for instance, we will integrate Revolution’s scalable R distribution into Azure HDInsight and Azure Machine Learning, making it much easier and faster to analyze big data, and to operationalize R code for production applications.

My colleague Joseph Sirosh, who is Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President of Information Management & Machine Learning, has this to say, “I am excited about the road ahead as we bring enterprise grade R implementations to the most widely used database in the world and to the reach and scale of Azure.” You can read more from him on the Machine Learning Blog.

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