October 25, 2011

Where Datameer is positioned

I’ve chatted with Datameer a couple of times recently, mainly with CEO Stefan Groschupf, most recently after XLDB last Tuesday. Nothing I learned greatly contradicts what I wrote about Datameer 1 1/2 years ago.  In a nutshell, Datameer is designed to let you do simple stuff on large amounts of data, where “large amounts of data” typically means data in Hadoop, and “simple stuff” includes basic versions of a spreadsheet, of BI, and of EtL (Extract/Transform/Load, without much in the way of T).

Stefan reports that these capabilities are appealing to a significant fraction of enterprise or other commercial Hadoop users, especially the EtL and the BI. I don’t doubt him.


4 Responses to “Where Datameer is positioned”

  1. Marco S. Casalaina on April 2nd, 2012 9:35 am


    Will you be doing a writeup on Metamarkets soon? On its face what they’re offering looks intriguing, but it sure looks a lot like what Datameer already does. I can’t really figure out whether Metamarkets and Datameer are doing the exact same thing, or whether they’re diverging somewhere, so I’m hoping you’ll tell us all soon what Metamarkets is really about :).

  2. Curt Monash on April 2nd, 2012 11:33 am


    That’s the plan. I even set up a call recently w/ Mike Driscoll to get enough info that I could write about them. But we talked about so much other stuff we didn’t get around to the original subject of the call. 🙂

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