Best Data Science PlatformsWatson Studio (formerly IBM Data Science Experience)1 Analytics2 Studio4 Statistica6 Unified Analytics Platform7 Streaming Analytics8 Mathematica9 Analytics Platform10 R (formerly Revolution R)11 Predictive Analytics12 Data Science Workbench14 TouchPoints15 KnowledgeSTUDIO16 Model Builder17 DSS18 Data Science Platform20 Enterprise Miner22 Analytics Platform23 CPLEX Optimization Studio24

Data Science Platforms

Best Data Science Platforms

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Data Science Software Overview

What is Data Science Software?

Data science technology can help organizations turn their data into a valuable resource in the creation of business value. Data science tools are capable of handling data volumes that are too big for traditional databases or statistical tools.

Data science tools create value by mining large amounts of structured and unstructured data to identify patterns can help an organization to more effectively manage costs and achieve competitive advantage.

Data science tools incorporate a variety of component technologies such as machine learning, data mining, data modeling, data mining, and visualization.

Why did Data Science Technology Emerge?

Data science is an emerging response to the unprecedented volumes of data that are available to businesses for decision-making purposes. The desire to derive social and economic value from this newly available data is limited only by the lack of expertise and tools. Data science tools have emerged to fill this gap.

Data Science Software Features & Capabilities

Data Science platform features vary considerably from one product to the next. Available features also differ between features for bona fide data science platforms and machine learning tools which are really a subset of data science.

  • Data access and ingestion

  • Data preparation

  • Data visualization and discovery

  • Advanced modeling

  • Model deployment

  • Integration with big data tools like Hadoop

  • Access control

  • Audit logs

  • Reports

What Skills are Required?

The skill sets required for true data science are in short supply. This puts pressure on tool developers to reduce complexity to increase the potential user pool. In general, data scientists have advanced analytics skills like actuaries, who calculate insurance risks and premiums. They are quantitative researchers who typically have strong programming skills.

What do Data Scientists Do?

Although data scientists write code, they are quite different to developers. One of the main differences is that data scientists are primarily engaged in research, rather than in building products.

The job performed by data scientists is largely experimental. They build models that are designed to be predictive and then run them to see how well they perform. Then they tweak them and run them again.

The kinds of problems data scientists try to solve use huge amounts of unstructured data. Some examples are models that accurately predict customer churn or models to optimize vacation rental pricing based on location, time of year, etc.

Collaboration with Business

Agile development processes require a user or client to articulate the business need and provide constant feedback on what is being built. Data science teams are similar. They are most effective when they work closely with the people who actually use the models that they build. Without this alignment, the models built may not effectively solve the business problem that the business unit is struggling with.

Types of Data Science Platforms

Some platforms are primarily about model development and contain coding language capabilities to this end. Data Science models are typically quite complex and require advanced coding skills and often specialized hardware. Data scientists also frequently utilize many machines concurrently by spreading work across them.

A number of platforms do not contain languages for writing code but, instead, allow products like R, SAS, or Python to execute model code. Instead, they function as a system of record for all the models being developed by an entire data science team.

Pricing Information

Data scientists use a wide variety of tools some of which, like Python and Apache Spark and Hadoop, are open-source. Data scientists also use data mining tools, NoSQL databases, statistical computing tools like R, and others.

Enterprise data science platforms that keep track of projects and automate some of the code writing are relatively new arrivals. These platforms charge for an annual subscription. The price can vary depending on whether the software is running in the cloud or on-premise. There are also likely to be usage fees for compute time.

Data Science Products

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Watson Studio (formerly IBM Data Science Experience)

92 Ratings

IBM Data Science Experience is a collaborative, cloud-based environment providing data scientists with a variety of tools including RStudio, Jupyter, Python, Scala, Spark, IBM Watson Machine Learning, and more.

Alteryx Analytics

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109 Ratings

Alteryx Analytics is a business intelligence and predictive analytics offering.


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72 Ratings

MatLab is a predictive analytics and computing platform based on a proprietary programming language. MatLab is used across industry and academia.

RapidMiner Studio

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32 Ratings

RapidMiner Studio is a data science and data mining platform from RapidMiner in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


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30 Ratings

Anaconda is an open source Python distribution / data discovery & analytics platform.

TIBCO Statistica

22 Ratings

TIBCO Statistica offers a comprehensive and open data science portfolio featuring the latest techniques – via code free and open source programming. According to the vendor key features and business benefits include: • Accelerate innovation and solve your organization’s most complex problems by s...

Databricks Unified Analytics Platform

10 Ratings

Databricks in San Francisco offers the Databricks Unified Analytics Platform, a data science platform and Apache Spark cluster manager.

IBM Streaming Analytics

18 Ratings

IBM Streaming Analytics is a fully managed service that frees you from time-consuming installation, administration, and management tasks, giving you more time to develop streaming applications. It is powered by IBM Streams, an advanced analytic platform that you can use to ingest, analyze, and co...

Wolfram Mathematica

10 Ratings

Wolfram's flagship product Mathematica is a modern technical computing application featuring a flexible symbolic coding language and a wide array of graphing and data visualization capabilities.

KNIME Analytics Platform

14 Ratings

Swiss company KNIME offers their KNIME Analytics Platform for big data and predictive analytics.

Microsoft R (formerly Revolution R)

8 Ratings

Microsoft R (formerly Revolution R) is a big data R distribution for servers, Hadoop clusters, and data warehouses. Microsoft acquired original developer Revolution Analytics in 2016. Microsoft R is available in two editions: Microsoft R Open (formerly Revolution R Open) and Microsoft R Enterp...

SAP Predictive Analytics

8 Ratings

SAP Predictive Analytics is, as the name would suggest, a statistical analysis and data mining platform that can be deployed with SAP HANA.


4 Ratings is an open-source predictive analytics and machine learning platform.

Cloudera Data Science Workbench

10 Ratings

Cloudera Data Science Workbench enables secure self-service data science for the enterprise. It is a collaborative environment where developers can work with a variety of libraries and frameworks.

Alpine TouchPoints

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Alpine Data Labs in San Francisco, California offers TouchPoints, their latest predictive analytics platform.

Angoss KnowledgeSTUDIO

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Angoss Software in Toronto offers KnowledgeSTUDIO, billed as an easy to use data mining and predictive analytics platform. Angoss Software was acquired by Datawatch Corporation in January 2018, Angoss products are now supported by Datawatch.

FICO Model Builder

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The FICO Model Builder is a predictive analytics and modeling tool, from FICO.

Dataiku DSS

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Dataiku is a French startup and its product, DSS, is a challenger to market incumbents and features some visual tools to assist in building workflows.


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Domino Data Lab in San Francisco offers the Domino data science platform. It accelerates the development and delivery of models and increases data scientist productivity.

Wolfram Data Science Platform

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Wolfram Data Science Platform enabling a full spectrum of data science analysis and visualization and automatically generating rich interactive reports.

We don't have enough ratings and reviews to provide an overall score. is a scalable, collaborative platform with features that cater to data science, business, and IT teams. It was acquired by Oracle in 2018.

SAS Enterprise Miner

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SAS Enterprise Miner is a data science and statistical modeling solution enabling the creation of predictive and descriptive models on very large data sources across the organization.

Teradata Analytics Platform

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Teradata offers their data science platform, the Teradata Analytics Platform, a unified analytic and data framework integrating SQL, R, Python, and a wide array of tools (RStudio, Jupyter, Teradata Studio, etc) to provide a flexible solution for machine learning and advanced analytics.

IBM CPLEX Optimization Studio

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IBM CPLEX Optimization Studio is a mathematical decision optimization application, for building applications or deploying optimization models.