Here is a noteworthy list of moves made that affected the Big Data world in 2014. Enjoy!!


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Oracle & BlueKai

Oracle bought marketing tech startup BlueKai for about $400m in February.

BlueKai offers a data management system that allows marketers to personalise marketing campaigns and measure how well their campaigns reach certain types of people.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, although multiple media outlets put the deal at around $400m.

The software giant is integrating BlueKai with its acquired companies Eloqua, a marketing firm, and email marketing specialist Responsys.

Salesforce & RelateIQ

The business software company paid up to $390m to acquire Palo Alto-based RelateIQ, in a deal that will close in October.

RelateIQ, which will become a Salesforce subsidiary, uses a ‘relationship intelligence’ platform to automatically capture data from email, calendars and smartphone calls to provide users with insights into their working lives in real-time.

RelateIQ, founded in 2011, managed to raise $69m in venture capital, with $40m in Series C finalised just this March.

The acquisition is less than the $2.5bn Salesforce paid for online market ExactTarget in 2013 and more than the $326m Salesforce paid for social media monitoring company Radian6 Technologies in 2011.

TIBCO & Jaspersoft

TIBCO paid $185m to acquire Jaspersoft, which is best known for its low-cost open source ETL and reporter software, in April.

The deal is expected to build up Tibco’s analytics business portfolio that until now only consisted of TIBCO Spotfire analytics product, which provides data-discovery tools.

Jaspersoft uses a commercial open source business model that allows developers to embed reporting, analytics and dashboards into applications via multiple data sources.

There have been some 16 million downloads of Jaspersoft’s software and more than 140,000 production deployments as well as 2,000 commercial customers.

Cloudera & Gazzang

The Hadoop vendor agreed to buy data security company Gazzang for an undisclosed amount in June.

The acquisition will see Cloudera incorporate the startup’s encryption software into its Apache Hadoop system in efforts to address the challenges of processing sensitive and legally protected data within the Hadoop ecosystem.

“We did not have that as part of the platform and our way for solving that was to go and work with Gazzang and a number of other vendors, who specialise in doing that,” Cloudera’s CTO and founder Amr Awadallah told CBR in an interview recently.

“Every time, we had to do that with a new customer, they had to sign a deal with us and customers kept telling us we need to have encryption as part of our platform.”

The deal follows Cloudera’s launch lasts year of Sentry, a security module that aims to manage user access rights to specific data sets within a given database.

Hortonworks & XA Secure

Fellow Hadoop vendor Hortonworks also struck a deal to acquire startup XA Secure to make its big data software safe enough for companies to use.

Hortonworks said it plans to use the security firm’s security capabilities, such as centralised policy management, fine-grain access control and encryption management, on its Apache Hadoop stack.

The terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Hortonworks said XA Secure’s 10 employees have joined Hortonworks.  Click here to see the full list.

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