I’ve personally experienced four revolutions in software. As we’ve gone from Unix BSD and VMS minicomputers to the PC, and then to the explosion of the web, I’ve seen the pendulum oscillate between centralized and decentralized environments. The current momentum is now clearly towards friendly mobile computers coupled with powerful, scalable services. The technological philosophy behind the next fat wave is already in use at the majority of major web properties, such as Google, Facebook, and Twitter. It’s called Big Data and is starting to trickle into the most forward-facing enterprises. The specific area of Big Data we find fascinating is its ability to store and analyze unstructured data at web scale, and therefore at enterprise scale as well. This ability opens exciting new possibilities, built on open source projects like Hadoop, using commodity hardware.

Riparian Data was spun out of SoftArtisans, a company I founded in my basement which has grown to serve thousands of large organizations and enterprise customers around the world. Riparian Data will use our extensive experience with documents and other unstructured data sources to bring new value to many of these same enterprises.

Our first release is already available as a free open source project: Timberwolf imports Microsoft Exchange email into Hadoop / HBase. You can read more about it here, and download the source code here.

We look forward to working with you, our long time enterprise customers, and our many partners, in realizing the potential of this new wave.