At Work-Bench Ventures, our investment thesis focuses on the disruption of legacy enterprise IT stacks. One area in particular which we've been studying is the need to derive business value from all of the data being captured by Big Data tools in today's enterprise environments. Our thesis is that the way to do this is through empowering business and IT users within their own silos with predictive analytics solutions.
This is difficult to do at scale, and the only way business people can leverage predictive analytics is if you give them applications tailored to their specific functions. For these applications to be effective, a certain 'special sauce' is necessary behind the scenes with the proper models and customizations for each unique use case and context.