Open Letter to the RapidMiner Community

Dear RapidMiner Community,

By now you may have already seen the news (release coming soon) and are wondering what is happening in Dortmund. It’s an exciting time to be a member of our team and our extended community!

Today we’re starting a new chapter in the RapidMiner story.  We’ve changed our name.  Rapid-I is now RapidMiner.  We’re taking on investment money.  And we’re adding to the team. The company name change from Rapid-I to RapidMiner isn’t just symbolic. It reflects a turning point for our company, and we hope for the whole community.

RapidMiner is one of the best and most important analytical tools for business and science today. It gives us answers to our questions.  It helps us know how to go forward. It helps us be successful.  The importance we, the company, place on the product is second only to the importance you place on the product and we want to be worthy of that high regard.

A product with an open source heritage, like RapidMiner, is never just a product.  There is a huge backing community and a huge responsibility to get it right. With the investment, a new business model and a new team, we can increase the speed and extent of product improvements.  We can provide better and faster support.  We can grow and better guarantee RapidMiner will be around for the long haul. To sustain the product, to compete in the marketplace, we must grow.  Which, in the end, will be beneficial for both our customers and all the members of the open source community.

Let me end by saying how grateful we are for the years of advice, thousands of suggestions and feature requests, and your ongoing support of the RapidMiner platform.  We continue to invite your feedback and ideas.  And we look forward to serving your data mining and predictive analytics needs for years to come.

Thank you,

Ingo and the entire RapidMiner Inc. team