Former MySQL staffer Zack Urlocker is going to try to do for predictive analytics what he once did for relational database systems: bring open source code to a user population that hasn't necessarily had access to the technology before.
REvolution Computing of Palo Alto aims to move the R open source code beyond use by researchers and academics into the enterprise, challenging other suppliers of predictive analytics with open source as a disruptive force.
Urlocker was a key member of the MySQL AB team that built the open source firm up from a penniless free download agency to a company with $100 million in revenues.
The rest of the article provides more details of Zack's history with Oracle née Sun née MySQL, and the experiences there he brings to bear here at REvolution.
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