The RapidMiner Philosophy

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We’ve had a blast at RapidMiner in the past few months (see here, here, and here)!  Since moving into the CTO role, I’ve enjoyed driving innovative ideas into our product roadmap – very cool stuff – but more about that at a later time. Today as we approach our next product release, I want to share the journey I’ve been on recently regarding “Who is RapidMiner.”

You see, things move very fast at RapidMiner.  In the past few months we’ve hired 30 new people.  And every one of them has been interested in my perspective on “who is RapidMiner.”  It’s a good question. I’m the founder, after all, I SHOULD know, right?  But “delivering a kick-ass predictive analytics platform,” while true, didn’t seem to capture the true essence of what we’ve created here at RapidMiner.  So I sat down to try and articulate the heartfelt philosophy upon which RapidMiner was established and continues operate.  Here is the simple truth:

             “We want to empower anybody to do super-innovative analytics.”

Predictive analytics is at the core of being super-innovative – there are new developments in our field every single month, for example, this one or this one.  The same rate of change is happening with technologies, such as Hadoop.  And when you bring both worlds together, our world spins even faster.  The truth is, new technologies and concepts will perpetually be on the horizon.  At RapidMiner we find this tremendously exciting!  So it’s only logical given our passion and philosophy, that we make these technologies and changes immediately accessible to those who want to use them.

Then it dawned on me:  this philosophy, our open source software, and the fact that we love our user community are all strongly connected… There’s more to the story – but Marla is here to take me for my nightly walk.  I’ll write more soon — stay tuned!

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Ingo Mierswa

Ingo Mierswa

Ingo Mierswa is the founder and president of RapidMiner and an industry-veteran data scientist since starting to develop RapidMiner at the Artificial Intelligence Division of the TU Dortmund University in Germany. Mierswa, the scientist, has authored numerous award-winning publications about predictive analytics and big data. Mierswa, the entrepreneur, is the founder of RapidMiner. Under his leadership RapidMiner has grown up to 300% per year over the first seven years. In 2012, he spearheaded the go-international strategy with the opening of offices in the US as well as the UK and Hungary. After two rounds of fundraising, the acquisition of Radoop, and supporting the positioning of RapidMiner with leading analyst firms like Gartner and Forrester, Ingo takes a lot of pride in bringing the world’s best team to RapidMiner.