‘Graphs have a great future’
Some of the less well-known companies received the highest praise.

Tamr, for instance, is “an exciting startup in data curation, so that would be my nomination,” said Gregory Piatetsky-Shapiro, president and editor of KDnuggets.com.

Neo Technology, the company behind open source graph database Neo4j, is another that Gartner’s Sicular pointed out. “I think graphs have a great future since they show data in its connections rather than a traditional atomic view,” she said. “Graph technologies are mostly unexplored by the enterprises but they are the solution that can deliver truly new insights from data.” (She also named Pivotal, The Hive and Concurrent.)

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