Open Source Frenemies in Big Data: Talend / Hortonworks

Hortonworks and Talend have the same business model which creates a conflict.  

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Among the 3 biggest vendors of Hadoop: Cloudera, MapR, and Hortonworks, Hortonworks is the most committed to open source, and the fastest evolving.  MapR is the most stable and commercial. The main business model of open source is to add a layer of convenience and management on top of some Apache licensed enterprise software,  then to make more money with consultants.  Since Talend and Hortonworks both want their consultants in your enterprise don’t expect to the two offerings to play nice while updating versions.  If Talend succeeds at it’s mission of simplified ETL pipelines into Hortonworks then Hortonworks loses that consulting opportunity.  In my last onsite engagement I saw feature breaking changes on what should have been just a bug fix release from Hortonworks.  What does that mean for the enterprise?  If your edition of Talend is certified with Hortonworks 2.3.0 expect to redo all of your testing, redo validation, and to find things that break when you upgrade to Hortonworks 2.3.1.  

All the of big firms in Big Data offer overlapping ecosystems for data management and analytics. Expect frenemies type behavior from the these firms; expect cooperation while closing a deal and competition to put consultants onsite, and to adopt additional parts of the ecosystem.