Analytics provider Saama Technologies Inc. and Hortonworks, contributor to and provider of enterprise ApacheHadoop, have partnered to deliver an insurance-specific data analytics platform, intended to help insurers uncover and operationalize strategic data assets and deploy pre-integrated analytics solutions across their companies, the companies said.

“Insurance companies can now leverage the best technology in the industry to make more informed underwriting decisions,” said Chris LaBruna, Saama chief revenue officer. “With this partnership, we are bringing together Hortonworks’ unique implementation of Hadoop as an open source data warehouse with a unified common data platform, and Saama’s expertise around the data extraction insurance data model and prefab connect, explore and visualization components.”

Saama will concentrate on team-selling, implementation and the deployment of Hortonworks, Saama said, and the two companies will integrate Saama’s Insurance Data Model, Fluid Analytics Engineand Hortonworks Hadoop Technology. The resulting product is intended to enable insurersaccess and use unstructured and structured data sources from inside and outside the company for explorative, advanced analytics.

"Partners are an absolutely essential element for achieving enterprise pervasiveness of Hadoop across all vertical industries,” said Mark Ledbetter, VP, industry solutions at Hortonworks. “We have seen significant growth in the demand for trusted, expert Hadoop services. Saama's commitment to the insurance industry and experience enabling solutions on a modern data architecture help insurance companies achieve their data-driven business objectives.”

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