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Big data software company Cloudera has acquired Sense, a startup that built a cloud service enabling multiple data scientists to collaborate and share self-service analytics reports, which their colleagues can then use anytime.

Cloudera hasn’t issued a press release, but Sense did publish a little-noticed blog post about the news on Tuesday.

“Cloudera is the clear leader when it comes to modern data management and analytics,” Sense founders Tristan Zajonc and Anand Patil wrote. “They share our vision for a world where data helps solve the world’s biggest problems. By joining Cloudera, we believe we can accelerate this task.”

Two years ago, I included Sense in a roundup of data science collaboration tools that were emerging at the time. Others include Adatao, Domino Data Lab, and Yhat.


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Sense supports the R, Python, SQL, and Julia programming languages, as well as Apache Hive, Apache Spark, and Cloudera’s Impala. Models and jobs built with Sense could then be deployed in the cloud or in companies’ on-premises data centers. That capability could certainly by useful to Cloudera; the software could enable companies to make the most of their data scientists, who can then be more efficient with their use of company time and infrastructure.

The acquisition could also help Cloudera further distinguish itself from Hadoop distribution vendors Hortonworks and MapR. Previous Cloudera acquisitions include DataPad and

Sense started in 2012 and was based in San Francisco. Last year the startup announced a $1.1 million funding round. Investors included Granite Ventures, Illuminate Ventures, Susan Athey, Scott Banister, and Andrew McCollum.

Sense will keep working with its customers, Zajonc and Patil wrote.

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