IBM has announced the acquisition of Vivisimo, its second purchase in the big data analytics market this month.
US firm Vivisimo provides businesses with discovery and navigation software to help users analyse large data sets across the enterprise.
IBM said the Vivisimo software will allow its customers to automate the discovery of data, and allow them to index and search data across multiple enterprise repositories.
"Navigating big data to uncover the right information is a key challenge for all industries," said Arvind Krishna, IBM software group information management general manager.
"The winners in the era of big data will be those who unlock their information assets to drive innovation, make real-time decisions, and gain actionable insights to be more competitive."
Big Blue purchased Varicent Software two weeks ago and now holds a portfolio of acquired analytics companies, including Algorithmics, SPSS, Cognos, Unica, Clarity Systems, OpenPages and ILOG.
As with many of its recent purchases, IBM did not disclose financial details of the Vivisimo buy.
"I think it's a smart acquisition. What makes it is interesting is firstly that Vivisimo is focussed on data discovery and navigation for unstructured data, which is a big part of the big data challenge," MWD analyst Helena Schwenk told V3.
"Also, the way Vivisimo federates the discovery of big data. It recognises that in big data analysis, not all data can be brought into one data store. It's a good move by IBM."
Schwenk said that Vivisimo does have enterprise content management (ECM) capabilities that overlap with those held by IBM already, but that IBM plans to keep the technologies.
Meanwhile Ovum analyst Mike Davies said he had long been impressed by the technology owned by Vivisimo.
"Vivisimo's Velocity search complements IBM's analytic tools for discovering the information ‘nuggets' that are often obscured by the rapidly increasing volumes of corporate and associated social media data," said Davies.
"Since its inception, we've highly rated the search technology from Vivisimo."
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