Although the headline says this is a “top 10” list, we’ve extended the countdown to a “top 11” because of Hortonworks — which announced plans to pursue an initial public offering (IPO) in November 2014.
For 2013, Hortonworks’ Big Data revenues were about $55 million, Wikibon estimates. The company is one of the leading providers of Apache Hadoop, the open source Big Data platform. Key customers involve Microsoft — both internally at that software giant and publicly on the Azure cloud. Top Hortonworks competitors include Cloudera.
NoSQL databases have rapidly emerged as a popular way to manage Big Data information. And MongoDB is among the early leaders in the NoSQL market. The company’s Big Data revenues were $62 million for 2013, Wikibon estimates. And Wall Street is watching to see when mongoDB potentially pursues an IPO of its own.
Image: mongoDB. Data: Wikibon
Cloudera is another hot player in the Apache Hadoop market. The company’s Big Data revenues hit $73 million in 2013, Wikibon estimates. By late 2014, the company announced an incubator (Cloudera Labs) while also acquiring DataPad, a data-visualization startup.
Image: Cloudera. Data: Wikibon
Founded in 1968, Syncsort is now riding the Big Data wave — from Hadoop solutions to the mainframe. The company works closely with MapR (another Hadoop specialist) and generated $75 million in Big Data revenues for 2013, Wikibon estimates.
Image: Syncsort. Data: Wikibon
MarkLogic promotes an enterprise-class NoSQL database, generating about $96 million in Big Data revenues for 2013, Wikibon estimates.
MarkLogic CEO Gary Bloom has extensive experience in the storage and data management markets. He previously was CEO of eMeter, a smart grid management platform that Siemens acquired. Earlier, he was CEO of Veritas, and he also held executive positions at Oracle.
Image: MarkLogic. Data: Wikibon
Founded in 2004, Opera Solutions has grown to 700 employees — including 230 data scientists, engineers and programmers focused on machine learning. Big Data revenues were $124 million, according to Wikibon.
By April 2014, Opera announced a new CFO (Wipro veteran Sridhar Ramasubba) and a new CEO (Bernhard Nann) — two moves that suggest the company is gearing up to further accelerate growth in 2015.
Image: Opera Solutions. Data: Wikibon
Actian has built an analytics platform that runs natively on Hadoop. Key adopters include financial services, healthcare and telecom organizations. Big Data revenues were $138 million in 2013, Wikibon estimates.
By November 2014, the company launched Actian Analytics Platform — Express Hadoop SQL Edition. The free community edition attempts to speed ROI for customer adopters.
Image: Actian. Data: Wikibon
Mu Sigma is a decision sciences and analytics firm. Key partners and adopters include Microsoft, the world’s largest pharmaceutical company, and the sixth-largest bank in the United States.
Big Data revenues were $160 million in 2013, all of which came from consulting services, Wikibon estimates.
Image: Mu Sigma. Data: Wikibon
Splunk specializes in application management and IT operations management — using Big Data tools to help customers listen to their data.
Big Data revenues were $283 million in 2013, Wikibon estimates. But Splunk is rapidly growing past that mark. For its quarter ended July 31, 2014, total revenue was $101.5 million — though losses for the quarter were nearly $61 million.
Image: Splunk. Data: Wikibon
Pivotal focuses on Platform as a Service, Big Data and Agile software powered by Cloud Foundry. The VMware/EMC spin-off is led by CEO Paul Maritz.
True believers include Capgemini, which launched an Anomalous Behavior Detection service built on Pivotal.
On the revenue front, Pivotal’s Big Data sales were about $300 million in 2013, according to Wikibon.
Image: Pivotal. Data: Wikibon
Palintir promotes data fusion platforms and analytics applications. Customers use the solutions for cyber security, disaster preparedness, threat mitigation and more.
Big Data-related revenues were about $418 million in 2013, according to Wikibon. True believers include the S.E.C., which hired Palantir to help the government analyze data to find terrorists, and to help uncover illegal trading activity.
Image: Palantir. Data: Wikibon