Visual Analytics for Apache Spark and SparkR Makes its Debut at Strata + Hadoop World

By CIOReview | Monday, October 5, 2015

New York, NY: Today at Strata + Hadoop World, TIBCO Software Inc., a global leader in integration, analytics, and event processing, announced the availability of TIBCO Spotfire Cloud’s data discovery and advanced analytics connector to Apache Spark  SQL, along with the industry’s first commercial integration with SparkR. Certified by Databricks, the Apache Spark project’s steward, TIBCO’s direct connector to Spark SQL and engine-level integration with SparkR provides data scientists and business users a flexible, seamless, and easy way to query, analyze, and visualize Apache Hadoop data. Coupled with the existing Databricks-certified TIBCO Jaspersoft Spark integration, TIBCO Analytics provides a unique cradle-to-grave data discovery, analytics, and reporting capability that enables business-critical analytics to be readily developed and embedded throughout the enterprise. 

“By delivering fast and intuitive direct access to Apache Spark data sources, we are bridging a prominent gap between big data and data discovery,” said Brian Gentile, SVP & GM, TIBCO Analytics. “Our customers, ranging from casual analysts to seasoned data scientists, are excited about the out-of-the-box Spark capability in Spotfire that also integrates with SparkR and  delivers rapid insights on Hadoop data. Fundamentally, we are extending the value of Hadoop data to a much larger audience through Spotfire and R with the speed of Spark.” 

To complement the visualization of big data via Spark SQL, Spotfire customers can now leverage the analytic power of Spark combined with the deeper insights available through predictive, geospatial, and event-based analytics. “Spotfire customers can now use SparkR through the high-performance TIBCO Enterprise Runtime for R (TERR) engine that is also embedded in Spotfire and other TIBCO products. This means that business analysts and users everywhere can run high-value analytics on big data via Spark from simple-to-use Spotfire interfaces and templates,” said Michael O’Connell, chief data scientist, TIBCO. “And because SparkR now runs with TERR, customers can rapidly solve bigger, more complex analytical problems on their existing Spark clusters, driving extreme value in many core business applications.”

 “We welcome TIBCO’s support of Spark,” said Kavitha Mariappan, VP, marketing, Databricks. “Directly connecting Spotfire Cloud with Apache Spark SQL is an affirmation of the growing importance of the Apache Spark framework. And because the connector is now incorporated into the Spotfire Cloud application TIBCO’s Spark SQL connector will encourage business analytics users to visualize Spark data for their purposes, further expanding the usefulness of the framework and effectively growing the community.”

The Spark SQL direct connector is now Generally Available in TIBCO Spotfire Cloud, and will also be incorporated in the next TIBCO Spotfire on-premises release.