Toucan Toco | October 14, 2021
Data storytelling pioneer Toucan Toco today announced the 2.0 version of its modern BI platform –– an integrated, end-to-end analytics platform dedicated to eliminating data friction and helping organizations to turn data into actionable insights.
Ranked #1 by G2 across all BI categories and use-cases, the Toucan platform is known for intuitive, easy to use data storytelling and visualization capabilities that democratize data by enabling non-specialists to leverage intelligent analytics without having to trawl through spreadsheets or wrestle with rows of numbers.
Toucan 2.0 introduces a host of powerful new modules and capabilities designed to unlock value and streamline data use through every step of the BI lifecycle. New features include:
AnyConnect™, a new connectivity hub featuring dozens of built-in connectors to enable the effortless use of data from any source, including streaming, stored, cloud, or on-premises. Cloud data sources such as Snowflake or MongoDB can be connected in less than two minutes, with fully native support and no rework needed.
YouPrep™, a built-in no-code data readiness solution that eliminates the need to purchase costly data preparation tools, and makes even complex data-prep tasks intuitive and visually compelling.
Storytelling Studio, a complete refresh of Toucan's industry-leading data storytelling solution. Added features include dozens of new interactive chart types, plus rich contextual tools with glossary definitions to ensure users never get lost.
Data Broadcasting to share data stories by embedding analytics into any app, web page, or portal using web components or iFrames. Bi-directional data flows also ensure that changes to Toucan analytics are mirrored in source data systems.
Action Center, a set of features designed to allow easy annotation, commenting, sharing, and collaboration with colleagues via popular platforms such as Slack or Microsoft Teams.
100% Mobile Optimization, with native mobile infrastructure that ensures you can build analytics once in Toucan 2.0, then deploy anywhere — including phones and tablets, etc — with no rewriting, redesigning, or need to download additional apps.
"For most companies, data friction — ranging from data-averse employees to the need to maintain and redevelop analytics tools for different platforms — means that data goes unused. Toucan is changing that by making it effortless for businesses to put data to use across their whole organization. With our 2.0 release, we're building on the things our users say they love about the Toucan experience, and making it even more powerful and effective for the needs of today's data-driven businesses."
Charles Miglietti, co-founder and CEO at Toucan Toco
About Toucan Toco
Headquartered in Boston and Paris, Toucan Toco is a modern business intelligence company on a mission to fight data friction, trusted by 140 clients worldwide from global corporations to fast-growing tech companies. Toucan's end-to-end analytics platform features an extremely flexible, cloud-native infrastructure that business users can intuitively navigate without special technical training, dramatically reducing the complexity, cost, and excessive time traditionally required to turn data into insights.
mParticle | October 13, 2021
mParticle, the largest independent Customer Data Platform, today announced new Data Planning tools and best practices to help marketers, developers and product managers realize the full benefit of customer data by simplifying data plan implementation and mitigating dirty data.
Only 3% of companies' data meets basic quality standards leading to inaccurate and inconsistent information that leads to wasted marketing budgets, poorly executed customer experiences and hours of tedious debugging for developers, all of which restricts business growth. Ultimately, no matter how much data a company has, it's useless if it's not accurate or teams don't trust it.
"Data Plans have enabled our teams to collaborate on identifying and resolving data quality issues early on in the development process," said Jeremiah Mercury, VP Data Science at EPIX. "Since adopting data plans, quality violations have dropped significantly. We're spending less time fixing data downstream and more time building new capabilities."
Data planning helps guide developers' and marketers' data-related tasks while also promoting cross-org collaboration and data minimization. mParticle's Data Planning features enable this with several capabilities, including:
Data Planning: Data planning serves as an interface for marketers, product managers, developers and analysts to collaborate on defining the customer data that is important to the business. By building this plan with mParticle, customers can alleviate data quality issues in downstream systems that data consumers (i.e., marketers) rely on, such as Amplitude, Braze, Snowflake and more.
Data Validation: Data validation resolves data quality issues in real-time, enabling visibility of data quality by monitoring conformance to data plans in Live Stream. This saves developer hours and shortens the time to implement mParticle. It also increases the confidence in the data's integrity across all stakeholders.
Data Activation: When creating audiences, it's helpful for marketers to know which attributes are available for each event in their data set, as well as what those data points mean, so that they can create compelling customer experiences and optimize spend.
Frequently, for marketers, there's inadequate support from technical resources and they have been burned in the past by bad data. This leads to mistrust given lack of transparency into the data to understand why campaigns are not performing well. On the engineering and developer side, building trust and alignment across data stakeholders is challenging as different teams use disparate tools and methods. Plus, for app developers there's no indication that the data model is implemented correctly and cycles are spent debugging, testing and fixing broken implementations. All of this means lots of time and money lost cleansing bad data.
"The old adage for data of 'garbage in, garbage out' has only increased as more companies attempt to realize the value of their data. mParticle's Data Plans enable companies to trust their customer data, build rich profiles and personalize customer experiences."
Chee Chew, CPO of mParticle
mParticle's Data Planning tools allow businesses to mitigate bad data early by aligning key stakeholders on a common data taxonomy, setting expectations and managing inevitable changes to achieve better business outcomes and scale the organization. mParticle's tools give more visibility to marketers and product managers while speeding up development for engineers with fewer schema errors in code. mParticle's Data Planning increases the efficacy of downstream connections by making data more reliable and actionable for marketing campaigns, personalization, product analytics, machine learning and more.
mParticle makes it easy to holistically manage customer data along the entire product and customer lifecycle. Teams across companies like Starbucks, NBCUniversal, Spotify and Airbnb use mParticle to deliver great customer experiences and accelerate growth. We simplify customer data infrastructure resulting in cleaner code, improved site and app performance, less maintenance and reclaimed engineering time. Founded in 2013, mParticle is headquartered in New York City with offices in San Francisco, Seattle, Sydney, and London.
Accenture | October 12, 2021
Accenture has entered into an agreement to acquire BRIDGEi2i, an artificial intelligence (AI) and analytics firm headquartered in Bangalore, India, with additional offices in the US and Australia. The acquisition will add more than 800 deeply skilled professionals to Accenture’s Applied Intelligence practice, strengthening and scaling up its global capabilities in data science, machine learning and AI-powered insights. The financial terms of the transaction are not being disclosed.
Founded in 2011, BRIDGEi2i specializes in data-driven digital transformation for companies across industries and global markets by combining data engineering, advanced analytics, proprietary AI accelerators and consulting services. It helps enterprises drive insights for faster and more accurate decision-making, thereby enabling shorter time to value.
Accenture research shows that organizations that are stepping up investments in technologies such as AI and cloud are growing revenue at five times the rate of those not making these strategic investments.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has made technologies such as AI core to business success, with scaled investments enabling enterprises to thrive by refocusing on growth during the most disruptive time in their history. In this rapidly evolving space, constantly building new capabilities is key, and we believe that BRIDGEi2i will further enhance our AI skills and data science capabilities to strengthen how our global network delivers value for clients.”
Sanjeev Vohra, global lead for Accenture Applied Intelligence
“The digital enterprise of the future is being reimagined today with AI. At BRIDGEi2i, we believe in diving into the heart of business challenges and driving transformation in its truest sense for our clients by combining our AI capabilities with our digital consulting expertise,” said Prithvijit Roy, chief executive officer and co-founder, BRIDGEi2i. “We are excited to join Accenture and believe that our people and approach will complement their capabilities and help us scale up our impact across industries.”
This acquisition will augment Accenture’s growing analytics, data and AI business around the world, joining the acquisitions of Analytics8 in Australia, Pragsis Bidoop in Spain, Mudano in the UK, Byte Prophecy in India, Sentelis in France, and Clarity Insights, End-to-End Analytics and Core Compete in the US.
Completion of the acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions.
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