It seems as though there are an ever-increasing number of companies billing themselves as purveyors of data analysis software – particularly for purposes of intelligence analysis and fraud investigation. Companies like SAS, i2, Centrifuge Systems, Chiliad, Aster Data Systems and Tableau Software – just to name a few – have all crossed my radar recently. It’s interesting to watch these companies branch out. It seems that many of the got their start as academic projects or government funded/targeted corporations but they are now expanding into the private sector with gusto. With all these tools to choose from, I think I need a tool to help me select one. But, I’m all in favor of competition. Let the games begin.