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SAP Jumps On Predictive Analytics Bandwagon

SAP supports R statistical programming language, following in the footsteps of rivals. So what's new about this predictive software?

With the announcement of SAP BusinessObjects Predictive Analysis software on Tuesday, one could almost ask, what vendor with analytic aspirations doesn't now support the R statistical programming language? Information Builders, Tibco Spotfire, IBM SPSS, SAS, and, most recently, Oracle have all embraced R, not to mention startups like Alpine Data Labs and Revolution Analytics that have built entire companies around the language.

Why all the attention to R? "Because 60 to 70 percent of professionals who do predictive analytics use R, so it's the dominant language out there," Jason Kuo, an SAP group product marketing manager, told InformationWeek.



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