TIBCO’s Re-Implementation of R for the Enterprise


In a recent blog post on Forbes.com, contributor Dan Woods contrasted Microsoft’s R strategy of acquiring Revolution Analytics with that of TIBCO Software Inc.’s strategy of re-implementing R. Here, RT Insights founder and Executive Editor Les Yeamans shares his thoughts about TIBCO’s strategy.

I agree with Dan that TIBCO has it right. While R has become the standard for data science, its open source implementation is not up to the task of processing real-time, streaming data at scale. With TIBCO’s pedigree of delivering solutions in the most demanding, high-performance, real-time environments, a rewrite of R clearly made the most sense. Additionally, the GNU General Public License (GNU GPL) license of R did not allow it to be embedded in commercial products.

TIBCO re-implemented open source R as TIBCO Enterprise Runtime for R (TERR). TERR allows R programs to be used for analysis (operationalized and embedded) and supports fast data applications for real-time, predictive decisions and automation.

I caught up with Michael O’Connell, Chief Data Scientist at TIBCO, at last month’s Gartner Business Intelligence & Analytics Summit. He explained how embedding TIBCO’s version of R in both the Spotfire platform and the Streambase product allowed for predictive analytics to increasingly be used on streaming, real-time data.

For example, TIBCO can deliver remote monitoring and predictive maintenance solutions for energy pumps, factory floor equipment and heart monitors.

In short, TIBCO’s customers now enjoy a lot more freedom and flexibility with R, and can deploy it anywhere they want or need it. This allows for the analysis of fast data at rest, and in motion, providing deeper, more powerful analytics solutions.

Les Yeamans

About Les Yeamans

Les Yeamans is founder and Executive Editor of RTInsights and CDInsights. He is a business entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience developing and managing successful companies in the enterprise software, financial services, strategic consulting and Internet publishing markets. Before founding RTInsights, Les founded and led ebizQ.net, an Internet portal company specializing in the application of critical enterprise technologies including BPM, event-driven architectures, and event processing. When ebizQ.net was acquired by TechTarget, Les became Associate Publisher, managing a group of websites. Previously, Les had founded a new enterprise software business called ezBridge which provided fault-tolerant, guaranteed delivery transaction messaging on 10 different hardware platforms. This product was licensed to IBM as the initial code base for IBM MQSeries (renamed WebSphere MQ and later renamed IBM MQ) which was co-developed and co-marketed with IBM. Les was also co-founder of the Message Oriented Middleware Association (MOMA). Les has worked extensively as an analyst and consultant for end users and vendors in this growing market. Prior to ezBridge, Les raised venture capital for development and marketing of PowerBase, the industry-leading database software package for the IBM PC. He started his career consulting at Accenture, providing end-user IT solutions. Les has an MBA from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor's degree from the State University of New York at Binghamton. He is based in New Rochelle, NY.

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