Big Data Market Sees CSC Buy Infochimps, NICE Buy Causata

In a couple of big data market moves, CSC acquired Infochimps to boost its big data expertise and NICE Systems announced plans to acquire Causata.

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Movement in the big data market continues apace with CSC acquiring Infochimps and NICE Systems nabbing Causata.

CSC on Aug. 8 formally announced its acquisition of Infochimps, a provider of big data platform-as-a-service for enterprise businesses.

Based in Austin, Texas, with an office in Redwood City, Calif., Infochimps has a team of highly skilled big data and analytics professionals and engineers that will help accelerate the development of CSC's data services platform, enabling CSC to scale its big data business and offer customers as-a-service access to advanced data analytics.

"This acquisition aligns directly with CSC's focus on next-generation technology solutions and services," said Sashi Reddi, CSC's vice president and general manager for big data and analytics, in a statement. "Infochimps' expertise in building industrial-strength data platforms on open source technologies will advance CSC's big data capabilities significantly."

In an Aug. 6 blog post on the acquisition, Jim Kaskade, CEO of Infochimps, asked, "What's a $15B powerhouse in information technology (IT) and professional services doing with an open source-based Big Data startup? It starts with 'Generation-OS.' We're not talking about Gen-Y or Gen-Z. We're talking Generation 'Open Source.'"

"CSC's customers are looking for both deep analytics and real-time correlation through a pre-integrated cloud platform," said Dan Hushon, CSC's chief technology officer, in a statement. "The joint CSC-Infochimps capabilities give our customers the ability to provision their analytic platform, point their data streams and deliver new industry insights."

Infochimps will be able to leverage CSC's global network of 87,000 employees, including technologists, industry consultants, application developers, software engineers, cyber-security experts and infrastructure professionals. In addition, Infochimps will have access to CSC's industrialized global sales, marketing, delivery and solution development teams, the company said.

"Infochimps and CSC share leadership values of intellectual honesty and commitment to excellence," said Jim Kaskade, Infochimps' CEO. "Additionally, the synergy between our companies presents a strong value proposition for the largest Global 2000 public companies."

In his post, Kaskade noted that Infochimps "delivers big data systems with unprecedented speed, scale and flexibility to enterprise companies. … By joining forces with CSC, we together will deliver one of the most powerful analytic platforms to the enterprise in an unprecedented amount of time."

At the core of Infochimps' DNA is its unique, open-source-based big data and cloud expertise, Kaskade added. "Infochimps was founded by data scientists, cloud computing, and open source experts, who have built three critical analytic services required by virtually all next-generation enterprise applications: real-time data processing and analytics, batch analytics, and ad hoc analytics—all for actionable insights, and all powered by open standards," he said.

When CSC begins to insert the Infochimps DNA into its global staff of 90,000 employees, focused on bringing big data to a broad enterprise customer base, "powerful things are bound to happen.," Kaskade said.

Infochimps' big data team and culture will remain intact, "as CSC leverages our bold, nimble approach as a force multiplier in driving new client experiences and thought leadership," he said. "Infochimps will remain under its existing leadership, with a focus on continuous and collaborative innovation across CSC offerings."

Terms of the acquisition, which closed on Aug. 5, were not disclosed. This marks CSC's second acquisition of a big data company, as the company continues to execute its strategy of building out a complete big data solution set that enables enterprise and government customers to benefit from big data analytics. In October 2012, CSC announced its acquisition of 42Six Solutions. That organization, based in Columbia, Md., is a software development concern specializing in big data processing and analytics and advanced applications support for the U.S. Government Intelligence Community (IC) and the Department of Defense (DoD).